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

    Upcoming Events

    DLC meeting: via Teleconference on December 3rd at 7:00 pm.

    The public can participate in the meeting by calling in at 7:00 pm from any landline or cell phone to hear the meeting live.

    Click Here For Instructions to join the meeting.

    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

    Teleconference Meetings

    You can watch Deal Lake Commission meetings 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.

    Next Deal Lake Commission Meeting: December 3rd, 7:00PM

    The next DLC meeting  will be held on December 3rd at 7 pm via teleconference. The info for the public to participate in the meeting will be posted HERE, and will also go out through public notices and DLC email.

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    Lake Lowering Alert

    The Deal Lake Commission will start a slow lowering of Deal Lake on Monday  Oct 12th. The lake will remain low until Oct 30Th .This lowering is to allow for the final repairs of the dam wall on the eastern end of the lake. This also helps to expose the shore line for cleaning up around lake properties and public areas. Please take advantage of this period to remove debris and trash.

    Clean Up October 31st

    The DLC Public Clean-up will be from 9AM-12PM Oct 31st starting at the Boat Ramp in Asbury Park by the 7-11.  Due to Covid-19, we will not be signing in, but will be setting up an online system to do so. Please wear old boots or shoes and bring your gloves. If you do not have gloves, we will have them available. Please wear a mask when near others.

    Nature Paddle & Tours on Deal Lake

    It was a beautiful breezy day for the September 14th paddle on Deal Lake led by Bob Jaroszewzki. (more pictures of the tour)

    Lake Poster Contest

    As students study at home during the COVID-19 Pandemic – the Deal Lake Commission promoted a Poster Contest sponsored by the North American Lake Management Society. This fun activity gave students and their school a chance to win cash prizes.

    Ms. Juslaine Costanza, an art teacher at Asbury Park’s Bradley Elementary School, submitted these pieces of her students’ art work to the Lake Management Society and shared them with us.
    We are grateful to Ms. Costanza and honored to post the lovely art work of these young Asbury Park students!

    News from Our May Meeting:

    MTDS: Peter Avakian spoke about the newest developments in the 319 Grant and showed the locations for the new Manufactured Treatment Devices that will be placed in Sunset Lake and Deal Lake.

    Great Lakes of NJ Efforts: Dr. Souza spoke about the new DEP Blue Green Algae Alert changes.

    Flume Electrification: Green indicator lights are operating at the flume now. Green light on means the flume is open. Gauge placement for three gauges is being planned.

    May Meeting Video

    News From Our April Meeting:

    During the April meeting, the DLC discussed such things as;

    • Continuing lake testing and reporting to CloNet (Monmouth University)
    • Progress on the Flume Electrification Project
    • the Water Quality Restoration 319 Grant
    • Weed Control Project
    • Weed Control Proposals

    Dr. Souza’s memo on this topic can be seen here: Updates, video and photos of the new flume gate can be seen on the DLC Facebook page (March 23 post).

    News From our February Meeting:

    The Deal Lake Watershed Alliance met with the DLC for our first workshop. We discussed ways that the DLWA and the DLC can work together to help to restore and protect the lake. A number of cooperation opportunities were discussed. The DLWA has begun talks with legislators and the owners of Seaview Square Mall about reducing water volume and sediment run off. The DLC will support this effort.

    Among other items on the agenda, the DLC emphasized the need for local geese control efforts. Goose fecal matter contains high phosphorus and the average goose deposits 1.5 to two pounds of fecal matter per day. Phosphorus supports algae growth.

    If you see goose nesting sites, please help by reporting the nesting area you see to the official in your town who can take appropriate action (see link to contacts).

    Dr. Souza gave a talk on Weed Control methods and safe, low toxicity ways to treat invasive weed overgrowth. He identified some areas of invasive overgrowth . The DLC is sending out Requests for Proposals to treat those areas.

    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.”


    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.



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    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.: