Deal Lake Dredging updates
The Deal Lake Commission is proud to announce that the $1.6 Million dredging project on the east end of Deal Lake is now completed. About half the area between the Norwood Ave Bridge and the ocean was dredged to a 4-6 foot depth with approximately 13,000 Cubic yards of materials removed. The contractor has some minor repairs and grass planting to accomplish later this spring.
The DLC thanks the DEP and the NRCS for their efforts on making this first small step in restoring Deal Lake.
We have 2 projects being worked with State DEP, two with the county and one grant submission with NOAA. Hopefully this spring and summer we will have some wonderfull news.
Enjoy the photos of the dredging project.
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $1.66 MILLION CONTRACT FOR DREDGING OF DEAL LAKE
Read full press release here
The Department has made significant progress and is prepared to bid the project after the NRCS grants the time extension. The project will be awarded in August 2015 and commence in September 2015 with a completion date of December 31, 2015. This project has had significant challenges to to project schedule due to the fishery timing restrictions for both Herring and Winter Flounder, which leaves only three months for dredging each calendar year (i.e., July, August, and December). The Department was able to get the National Marine Fisheries Service to relax the Herring timing restriction for the fall in order to keep the project viable. A dredging operation of this nature is not feasible in July or August due to the seasonal population increase of the area which would present public safety, road closure and traffic issues. Therefore, the project is expected to take 90 construction days or less in September through December.
Progess thus far includes:
- Sediment sampling was conducted in December 2014 and analysis completed in January 2015;
- On November 7, 2014, the Department issued a draft Emergency Waterfront Development Permit/Water Quality Certificate/Acceptable Use Determination and finalized it on June 17, 2015 (after authorization of the temporary easement agreement with Asbury Park.;
- The US Army Corps of Engineers Dredging Permit was obtained on January 6, 2014;
- The Department received a Tidelands License to allow for dredging of Deal Lake from June 4, 2014 through June 4, 2038;
A big thanks to over 45 folks that braved mid 30 temps and bone chilling wind to Clean-up Deal Lake for a few hours on Sat morning March 28th.
As you can see in photos everyone had a good time and took great pride in a cleaner Deal Lake. A BIG thanks from the DLC. In addition, Asbury Stand-up Paddle Board donated season passes to all participants. A BIG thanks to WWW.SUPASBURY.COM for that donation. If you attended and missed the distribution of the passes just visit www.dealalke.org and send the DLC a note from the contact section of the web site. Any Groups wishing to help out on clean ups of deal lake also drop us a line at www.deallake.org . Boaters and kayakers can always help out by picking up trash on their travels around the lake. Thanks.
Sunday, April 19th – 3rd Annual APFC Carp Contest
All of Deal Lake. 7 am – 12 noon Open to the Public.
(Under 12 years of age)
Weigh in at Deal Lake flume before Noon.
View Asbury Park Fishing Club Schedule
BIG THANKS to the spring cleanup crew of 60 folks on April 5th . We cleaned the main lake, Lolly pop & Fireman’s ponds. The lake has not looked this clean in a long time. The crew included local residents from each section of the Ocean, Asbury park, Loch Arbor, Allenhurst, Deal and Neptune. THANKS A big Thanks to Troop 71 Oakhurst and The Allenhurst Fire department. In addition to the clean-up you’ll either have or will see in tree crew in Ocean removing “Sandy” fallen in the public right of way of the lake. A big Thanks to Ocean Twp for teaming up with the NRCS to fund this effort Deal Lake looking great to begin our busy spring and summer recreation period. Thanks again and enjoy the lake.
Also: Thanks for Jersey cares for their clean-up efforts on May 3rd.
Save Jetty Country and Don’t Dam the Flume Rally
- RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT DEAL LAKE PROJECT
- BEACH EROSION CONTROL PROJECT – ELBERON TO LOCH ARBOUR REACH
- STATEMENT OF REP. FRANK PALLONE, JR.
- BEACH EROSION CONTROL PROJECT DETAILS
- Asbury Park Protesters complain beach replenishment may damage waterways, ecosystems
- Deal Lake Commission Statement Regarding Beach Replenishment Project.
The ACOE have heard us and few meetings have been conducted with various groups organized by Congressman Frank Pallone. The DLC still has major concerns that that the replenishment will cause our flume to be jammed with sand that will prevent release of storm waters (cause massive flooding) and prevent fish migration. The ACOE are now in direct talks with the DLC and others to prevent the flume from being blocked. The really good news they are actively reviewing their plans to ensure blockage does not occur. We are awaiting their studies/review for comment. Notching is also be relooked based on the massive feedback they received, but the ACOE still strongly believe notching helps build beaches, a majority of others family with our Jersey shore believe otherwise.
: UPDATE: The DLC and the NJDEP has been successful in obtaining over $1 Million is dredging funds to restore the most eastern portion of Deal Lake from the wrath of sandy. Deal lake is the largest Coastal lake in NJ and largest lake in Monmouth County. The NJ DEP will manage the project with over site from the DLC. More details will be leased in the coming months, but we plan to hold off any actions until the summer fall recreation season is over. See attached for the Grant award.: VERY Exciting stuff. Just $5.9 Million more to fully restore Deal Lake to Pre-sandy conditions.
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.
Useful Environmental & Emergency Links
Soil erosion Complaint Form.
Complaints can be submitted anonymously by calling 732-683-8500 or faxing 732-683-9140.
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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