Next DLC meeting will be March 16. Interlaken Townhall, 100 Grasmere Ave at 7PM

The DLC was chartered in 1974 by the 7 shore line towns. Our mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to preserve and restore Deal Lake and its tributaries as a healthy and stable ecosystem. In addition, control lake levels during heavy storms to the best of our ability with limited ocean tide controls.

    Updates/Flume Status

    Calendar & Events

    Tips for Homeowners

    Considering Landscaping by the Lake or Building a Dock?

    KNOW the Land Use regulations BEFORE you dig!

    The banks of Deal Lake are regulated and protected by the Dept. of Land Use.

    Typically any land 50 feet above the lake shore line falls under the Permit by Rule regulations. 7:13

    Also see: Land Use Regulations Workshop Info

    DLC Meetings are Televised

    See us on APTV, Optimum 77 and throughout most of Monmouth County on FiOS 30. People outside of the city can watch APTV on the APTV website,, or by downloading APTV app on Apple TV or Roku devices.




    The next Deal Lake Commission Meeting is February 20, 2020.

    6PM: Workshop/Meeting with the Deal Lake Watershed Alliance.

    7PM: Meeting – Dr. Souza will give a public presentation on “Invasive Weeds: Reasons and Methods to Treat”

    Interlaken Town Hall
    100 Grasmere Ave
    Interlaken, NJ 07712

    Like Us On Facebook!                    February Workshop                February Agenda

    News From our January Meeting:

    319 Grant: Educating the Communities:

    As part of the 319 grant objectives; the DLC started a first in a series of educational brunches for city personnel and leadership in the seven municipalities  that we serve. The educational programs are offered to help attendees to gain an understanding of the value of grey and green infrastructure storm water management and their role in improvement of water quality of the local lakes.

    New Commissioners:

    During the January organizational meeting: the DLC welcomed two new commissioners to the DLC.

    Interlaken’s new representative is Carolyn Roarty. Loch Harbour’s new representative is Margo Fernicola. Welcome new commissioners!

    Citizen Scientists/Water Testing

    We had a very positive response to our call out for Citizen Scientists to help test the lake. Our newest CS volunteers braved the 20 degree temps to complete their training with Dr. Adolph recently. Some eager participants have already begun testing the water at designated spots at regular intervals. This data will add to the information regarding quality and chemical composition being collected by other parties. Lake monitoring will play a role in detecting changes and determining the lake’s overall health and viability over time.

    News From our December Meeting:

    December Agenda

    Topics included:

    Water Test Reports: from Clean Ocean Action and Ship and Sniff


    Flume Electrification:

    Leon Avakian Engineers provided an update on the Flume Electrification Project. The flume should be completely automated and operational by late spring.  They will not need to do any more lake lowering for this project.

    Progress of Water Quality Restoration Grant:

    Plans for Green Infrastructure and Manufactured Treatment Device locations have been identified.

    WQR Informational Breakfasts will be provided for municipal officials and personnel, and lake commissioners on January 9th . Subsequent meetings will follow.

    Weed Treatment:

    The DLC voted to authorize Dr. Souza to prepare a Request for Proposals for weed treatment of identified hot spots for a spring treatment.

    News From our October Meeting:

    Special Presentation:

    Thanks to all those who attended the October DLC Meeting and presentation: “Storm Water Management and Green Infrastructure for Property Owners”.

    Here is a link to the Presentation as presented by Dr Souza and Jeannie Toher at the 10/19 DLC meeting. Great resources in this presentation.

    Flume Electrification Project:

    Peter Avakian discussed the progress of the Flume Electrification Project. You can see photos of this progress on our Facebook page.

    DLC Meetings Will Be Televised:

    Thanks to Asbury Park for paying to record and televise DLC meetings starting with our October meeting.

    APTV is available within Asbury Park on Optimum 77 and throughout most of Monmouth County on FiOS 30. People outside of the city can watch APTV on  the APTV website,, or by downloading our app on Apple TV or Roku devices. To find the app search “APTV.”

    Deal Lake Cleanup – October 26, 2019

    Thanks for all who participated in our Fall Clean Up.

    Hundred of pounds of litter, floatables, branches and plastics were removed by our hard working volunteers. Volunteers scoured the lake by foot and by boat.

    We would like to thank Monmouth County Clean Communities, Monmouth University students, Dept of Public Works of Asbury Park, numerous neighbors and friends of the lake, all of who did an excellent job working to clean our lake.

    Thank you to Booskerdoos Coffee and Baking for their donation of hot coffee to keep us going.


    Flume Electrification Project Is Progressing


    During the DLC’s June meeting: DLC Consulting Engineer Peter Avakian presented plans for the Flume Electrification Project to begin soon (for more information go to Bid, Grant & Proposal Requests

    Why are some of New Jersey’s lakes suddenly off limits at the peak of our summer swimming season?

    More often than not the reason for the closing is a harmful algae bloom (HAB).

    Click below to read Dr. Souza’s article on this topic:

    “More Nutrients Are Not Always a Good Thing: The Case for a Harmful Algal Bacteria Standard in NJ“

    Great Blue Heron Party on Deal Lake!


    Photo courtesy of Janis Rush

    What Watershed Residents Can Do To Help Deal Lake:


    • Do NOT feed the geese or any Fowl. 1 adult goose produces 2 pounds of waste per day.
    • Report Goose nests to town offices or the DLC in the March-May time frame.
    • Leave grass clippings on your lawn, compost away from the lake and/or dispose as instructed by towns.  BUT please do not place them in the street.
    • Use less fertilizer or low phosphorous type.
    • Spread fertilizer a few days or more prior to heavy storms. Know the weather!
    • Pick up after your pet.
    • Sweep and containerizing the dirt and debris in the curb by your Home/Business.
    • Do not blow grass clippings and yard waste into the lake or streams.
    • Pick up litter during your walks around the lake or for that matter anywhere.  Keep America and your Lake Beautiful

    Photo courtesy of Janis Rush

    Deal Lake is a Treasure!

    Deal Lake is a beautiful treasure savored by residents, vacationers, fishermen and boaters for over a century. Lenni Lenape Indians would fish and eat the bounty of clams and oysters. During Colonial times the British harvested seafood to be sent back to England. During the Revolutionary War, Patriots would execute small attacks on British ships retreating to Deal Lake for cover from the British Navy as they fired their cannons at them.

    Called Lake Uliquecks by the Lenape Indians, an 1781 map shows Deal Lake was known as White’s Pond. In the early 1800’s it was known as Hogs Swamp Pond. On the 1851 Lightfoot map, it was called Corlies Pond or Great Pond while Sunset Lake was known as Little Pond. An 1873 map calls it Boyleston Great Pond and shows it still is accessible to the ocean. With the engineering completed around 1890, Deal Lake was created as it is known today, closing off the inlet and creating several separate lakes and ponds. Deal Lake was a model system of the late nineteenth century for Flood Control and Storm Water Management. Over time, the lake lured many to build along its banks. Today, almost the entire shoreline has been developed with many homes built within the 100 year flood plain.

    The Deal Lake Commission was created by the seven Monmouth County, NJ towns that surround Deal Lake. The Commission was chartered in 1974 by the Borough of Allenhurst, City of Asbury Park, Borough of Deal, Borough of Interlaken, Village of Loch Arbour, Neptune Township, and Ocean Township.

    Today, the Commission oversees the vitality, on-going maintenance and restoration to preserve Deal Lake for future generations. Each town appoints one volunteer Commissioner to serve annually. Commissioners give of their time because of their love for this lake and for their desire to preserve this treasure for future generations.



    Help Save Our New Jersey Watersheds
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    > Click Here for Useful Information on Proper Leaf Maintenance and its Environmental Impact

    Freehold Soil Conservation Disctrict

    Soil erosion Complaint Form.

    Complaints can be submitted anonymously by calling 732-683-8500 or faxing 732-683-9140.

    To Report an Environmental Incident

    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Hotline.

    The Department has establised a new toll-free telephone hotline number you can use to report environmental incidents, abuses, and complaints in New Jersey. The 1-877-WARNDEP number can be used in the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware calling areas.:

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