Long Branch Troop 148 helps out at Ross Island

On a sweltering morning, even at 9 am Troop 148 scouts helped pull the Monmouth University jon boat across Ross Lake. It was loaded with clippers, weed whackers and rakes.  Scout Master Levester Bromley set up a sun shelter and brought a cooler filled with goodies for our return.

After the third trip, with Chuck at the helm, we were all on the island. The scouts found a hornet’s nest in a tree and also a skull. They thought it might have been an opossum.

We opened up a view so that people sitting on the new park bench shelter could clearly see the 117- year- old stone hut. We also wanted to pull off all the vines from the hut’s walls in preparation for the stone masonry work scheduled for this month.

The on-going  beautification of Ross Lake Park has been a joint effort between the Long Branch Environmental Commission, the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, the Monmouth County Historical Commission, Monmouth University and the Jersey Shore Group of the Sierra Club since 2014.   Come visit the park and see for yourself.  Sit on the bench and watch the osprey, the great blue heron and the butterflies.

19 Elinore Ave   Long Branch 07740


Collins Ave clean-up Dec 3 2017

Meet Amber Mallm, our new watershed ambassador who organized this great clean-up.

Our new Watershed Ambassador, Amber Mallm, organized a great event today. Thanks to all the fantastic volunteers who helped clean up the ditch between Cindy Lane and Collins Ave in Ocean Township. This ditch funnels storm water into a small pipe that takes it under Rt 35,  into a ninety degree turn,  behind the new senior center and  into Weltz Park. It was totally dry today and there was lots of garbage, mostly beer cans and bottles. Thanks to the Long Branch Interact/Environmental Club for making this day a success. Your enthusiasm and energy are amazing. We hope to see you again on other projects.

Perhaps a garbage pail at the entrance to this trail would encourage people to carry out their garbage,

Two of our founding trustees: Laura Bagwell and Jeff King.

A busy day at Ross Island Park

Mark Brummer, Brummer Tree Service donated and delivered wood chips for the third year. Thanks Mark for your support. Now we need people next Wednesday to help spread the chips. 9:30 am


Chuck brought two Long Branch Boy Scouts and their Scout Master to the island to help cut weeds. Fun.

Other volunteers worked on clearing invasives from the banks to provide a clear view to the stone hut from the shelter.



 ELBERON HISTORIC TOUR  (includes Ross Island Park)

AUG 27   12 – 5 PM   


Neighbors working together to restore our watershed.