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 meetings are via Teleconference

    December 2nd: DLC Meeting starts at 7:00PM.

    The public can participate in both the workshop and meeting through Zoom or by calling in from any landline or cell phone to hear the meeting live.

    Click Here For Instructions to join the meetings.

    Teleconference Meetings

    All DLC Meetings and Workshops are Recorded

    You can watch Deal Lake Commission meetings and Workshops 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.

    View past DLC Meetings here.

    Considering Landscaping or Building by the Lake?

    Deal Lake, its tributaries and watershed are regulated by Federal and State agencies. Check before you dig.
    Typically any land 50 ft adjacent to the Deal Lake shoreline is strictly regulated by NJDEP regulations. You may need a permit to do work.

    At a minimum, the NJDEP regulatory personnel recommend that a property owner file for a Jurisdictional Determination in advance of initiating any work adjacent to the shore line. Click here for general info

    Useful NJDEP Links:

    Before You Buy. Before You Build:

    Click here: NJDEP Division Of Land Use

    Provides info on regulations, permitting process and applications etc:

    Click here: Division of Land Resource Protection

    Contact them for Jurisdictional Determination and permits.

    Next Deal Lake Commission Meeting: December 2nd, 7PM.

    This meeting will be a teleconference meeting. Zoom access info is here : The Public is invited to participate and to speak during the public session.

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    October 23rd, Deal Lake Clean Up

    The DLC held a Clean Up the Lake activity on October 23.

    At least 100 volunteers participated,both on land and on water removing debris, and cutting down knot weed and other invasive plants along the banks.

    Our helpers spread out all over the lake for nearly three hours. It was hard work, but very rewarding.

    The DLC is very grateful to all who participated . We also want to thank the Monmouth County Clean Communities workers and the Asbury Park and Ocean Township DPW workers who hauled away the bags of debris and cuttings  from curbs and sidewalks.

    Goose Management Education Workshop – Oct 21  6:00 PM

    The DLC hosted a Goose Management Workshop for the public on October 21.

    The presentation was given by a Wildlife Biologist from the USDA/Wildlife Services of NJ about the reasons and techniques for controlling the goose population.

    This workshop was well received and well attended.

    If you missed it, you can see a recording of the workshop on APTV and local cable TV stations.

    Asbury Park High School Engineering Academy Students Learn from DLC Experts in October

    The DLC’ takes its  mission  to promote education about Deal Lake around our community seriously.

    As part of the NJDEP 319 Water Quality Improvement Grant, our science consultants and engineering experts involved with the 319 grant worked with Asbury Park High School engineering teacher Kevin Gould and his students.

    DLC science consultant, Dr. Jack Szczepanski prepared a virtual presentation called “Ecology and Engineering in Asbury Park” for Mr Gould’s students.

    Our engineering consultants Peter Avakian and Matt Martino also held virtual meetings with students in preparation for their field trips to see the installation of the new Manufactured Treatment Device in Asbury Park.

    The pictures show students watching the installation  on Memorial Drive and then on the following week, students were invited to watch the Dept of Public Works cleaning out an MTD on Comstock Street.

    Mr Gould said that his students were very enthusiastic about all of their experiences with the DLC. It helped make engineering ideas come alive for them.

    The Third Manufactured Treatment Device Installed in Asbury Park


    The third Manufactured Treatment Device that the DLC purchased through a NJDEP Water Quality Restoration Grant has been installed on Memorial Drive in in Asbury Park. This, the largest of the three MTD devices recently installed in Asbury Park, will help treat storm water run off from the railroad watershed from the Asbury Park post office area to Sunset Ave.

    Two smaller devices were installed on Sunset Lake two weeks ago. (See post below)

    The DLC would like to express our sincere appreciation for the cooperation by the City of Asbury Park with this project. The Asbury Park Police and the Asbury Park Dept of Public Works have been stellar!

    We could not have done this project without their efforts! Thank you to the Asbury Park employees who helped us with this enormous project!

    MTDs installed in Sunset Lake

    The DLC is happy to report that two Manufactured Treatment Devices were installed along Sunset Lake the week of October 4th.

    A manufactured treatment device is a pre-fabricated stormwater treatment structure utilizing settling, filtration, absorptive/adsorptive materials, vortex separation, vegetative components, and the appropriate technology to remove pollutants from stormwater runoff.

    One MTD was installed at the corner of Grand and Sunset Aves in Asbury Park. The second installation was done at 5th and Grand in Asbury Park.

    These devices were purchased by the DLC with funds from a generous NJDEP 319 Grant that will help to improve water quality in Sunset Lake by decreasing the influx of sediment and trash into the Sunset Lake.


    Governor Murphy Signed the Lakes Bill ( S3618 ) on Sept 24.
    Thank you, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, for sponsoring this bill!
    We also thank all of you who contacted the Governor to encourage him to sign this important bill.

    This bill will make supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

    Bill S3618 will allow qualified entities to apply for grants from the DEP to do such things as: improve water quality, increase recreational access and use of lakes, including projects to control nutrient levels in lakes in order to prevent future harmful algal blooms, storm water and non point source pollution management activities. Plus the DEP will be funded to create a single POC within DEP for our lakes.

    Floating Wetland Islands Installed – Thank You to All Volunteers

    The Deal Lake Commission would like to thank the 30+ volunteers who helped install 6 floating wetland islands in Sunset Lake and 6 in Wesley Lake on June 16 and 17. We’d also like to thank the City of Asbury Park for their assistance with this project.

    The Deal Lake Commission was awarded a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant by the Environmental Protection Agency to install the islands, with the help of aquatic engineers from Princeton Hydro.

    Floating Wetland Islands improve water quality of stormwater runoff and manage watershed nutrients, as well as treatment of wastewater and other industrial contaminants through natural processes. In addition, the Floating Wetland Islands present an excellent educational opportunity for the community.
    More information about Floating Wetland Islands can be found here.

    NBC TV News produced this segment about the Floating Wetlands Project. See it here:

    The DLC Supports Assembly Bill A4322 to Ban Outdoor Balloon Releases 

    Balloons are pretty, festive, and fun, but released outdoors they have been shown to be lethal to birds, wild life and marine life. They rank #3 of deadliest trash items found in waterways and beaches.

    Bill A4322, introduced by NJ Assembly Members Houghtaling (NJ-11) and Downey (NJ-11), prohibits the intentional outdoor release of balloons throughout the state, and requires better control of outdoor mass balloon releases.

    We encourage Deal Lake Advocates to learn more about Bill A 4322, to contact your legislators if you would like to support the ban and/or to sign this petition.

    Electrification of The Flume – News

    Camera monitors are active. Signal lights are working; green means flume gate(s) are open.
    Lake level gauges will be installed soon both at the flume and in two western lake locations.

    New Rain Garden Park on Deal Lake

    In October, the Deal Lake Watershed Alliance began construction of the new Wickapecko Lakeside Rain Garden Park. Plants are being installed.

    A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression, which is generally formed on a natural slope. This garden is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff.

    The Deal Lake Commission congratulates the DLWA for their important efforts to help remedy sediment build up and reduce run off into Deal Lake. Thank you, DLWA!

    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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    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.: