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

    September 30th: DLC Meeting starts at 7:00PM.

    October 21st: Goose Management Workshop at 6:00PM.

    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.

    The Great Flood of 2005

    In the late 1890s, Deal Lake was designed to be a model regional storm water drainage basin long before the watershed had highways, malls and large track developments. To keep Deal Lake picturesque, the ocean inlet was closed to maintain a high tide level by building a state-of-the-art flume. At high tide the flume allowed some seawater to enter the lake, which also allowed the herring to continue to run and spawn in the remote fresh water sections of Deal Lake.

    Let us fast forward to 2005. With about 90% of the watershed developed and less than 1% of the land area having any resemblance of modern storm water management systems the main body of Deal Lake was doomed to flood after being drenched by a major 100 year rain event.

    Rain started falling on Friday, October 7th. By Monday, 1.5 inches had fallen and the flume was fully opened to relieve the flooding pressures. Rain continued with an additional 5.8 inches by Wednesday lunchtime. As a Northeaster formed, the heaviest rains came Thursday into Friday, October 14th soaking the already saturated watershed with another 6.5 inches. No way could this Coastal Lake handle 13.8 inches of rain over the short period of just 8 days.

    In addition to the Northeaster, the tides were under the influence of a full moon which helped trap the enormous storm water runoff. Even when the tides were low, the Deal Lake flume could not handle the runoff volume fast enough to keep the lake below severe flood levels. Residents who were flooded by the Northeaster of December, 1992 report this flood was about 12 inches higher.

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