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

    Breakfast and lunch on the lake: Sunset Landing
    FUN on the lake: Deal Lake Dock
    LUNCH and Dinner on the lake: McGillicuddy's Tap House

    The next Deal Lake Commission Meeting is February 21st
    at 7PM.
    Interlaken Town Hall
    100 Grasmere Ave
    Interlaken, NJ 07712

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     February Great Blue Heron Party on Deal Lake!


    Thanks to 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.
    • 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.

    A beautiful day for our DLC November 2018 Clean Up…Sunny, no wind.

    We had a large turn out and loads of support from Monmouth University Students who tackled the Knot weed and dug deep for trash embedded in the mud. Wonderful job! The Monmouth County Clean Communities truck was full with the trash we picked up.


    Thanks to all who participated!

    New Deal Lake Fall Clean Up Date Moved To Nov 17. 2018

    The weather has won, the conditions on Sat 10/27 will be unsafe for any clean-up activities. The DLC has pulled the plug on the clean-up for Sat….BUT! .

    The DLC will be at the AP Boat ramp today, 10/26 from 2-5 pm to do our best to pick up as much as possible while the lake is low. Any help would be wonderful.

    Lake shore residents are encouraged to work on their shore today, if possible, since the lake will be rising tonight and tomorrow.

    Monmouth U has also moved their big event until NOV 17th, thus the next Deal Lake Cleanup will be sat Nov 17th to provide these wonderful College students an opportunity to serve.

    Where: Start at the Deal Lake Boat Ramp (Next to 7-11 On Main Street in Asbury Park)

    When: Sat- November 17. | 9am – 12pm

    Our seasonal Fall Clean Up is just weeks away. The Deal Lake Commission is hosting a Deal Lake Cleanup in conjunction with Monmouth University’s “Big Event” on October 27. Every fall, approximately 400 members of the Monmouth University community sign up to be a volunteer at one of the 25 to 30 Big Event work sites in the towns that surround campus.

    The Deal Lake boat ramp will be one of those work sites. We are also encouraging lakeshore residents to clean their own shoreline of debris during the event. The lake will be lowered for this event starting Monday 22 Oct.
    More details on the Clean-Up will be out by the 2nd week of Oct. We are looking for section leaders so we can do more around the complete lake.

    The Lake Is Not Closed

    Unfortunately, the press headline and state guidelines are impacting use of a wonderful County and State resource.

    The results from last weeks test by the county health department provides no relief: The warning has to stay in place due to State standards.:
    The DLC believes the risks of recreating are much less than headlines in the Asbury park Press would indicate. The headline in the press last Tuesday was just wrong. Long time lake users see no scum on deal lake, but there is no doubt there is an algae bloom which changes the water color and current meets state standards for a warning.(See July 23 Results)

    July 23 Results : Comments The Lake Is NOT Closed!

    August Meeting with Guest Sen Vin Gopal

    The next DLC Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 16th at 7 pm.

    We meet at Interlaken Town Hall 100 Grassmere Ave.

    The DLC will be discussing the recent warning issued by the Monmouth County Health Department on Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) in Deal Lake .

    Our special guest, Senator Vin Gopal , will join us to talk about NJ DEP standards for HAB alerts.

    We will also discuss practical ways that the public and local governments can help to minimize nutrients that feed the Algae.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Attention: Advisory from Health Dept

    The Monmouth County Health Dept is advising people not to canoe or kayak on Deal Lake at this time.

    This is due to concerns about blue-green algae which can be harmful to pets or people. Wash your hands well if you come in contact with lake water.

    Cyano-bacteria ( blue – green algae) can form when there is a combination of high temperatures and a lot of storm water run off. We have had both conditions this summer.

    The DLC is in discussions with the Monmouth County Health Dept on the recent test results and about restrictions on lake use. Additional testing is being conducted in all sections to fully understand the issue and thus restrictions. Current restrictions are based on eastern end results.

    The next lake test will be done on Thursday. We should know the results the following day.

    You can check our web site  for up to date DLC tweets or follow us on Twitter.

    We will keep you advised of the condition.

    Please share this information with anyone you know who recreates on the lake.
    Signs are being posted.

    Thank you for your attention.

    The Deal Lake Commission

    Deal Lake Eastern End Gets An Update

    The Eastern End of Deal lake got an attractive upgrade: the DLC planted 30 beach grasses and reseeded the area.

     Sunday, April 19th – 3rd Annual APFC Carp Contest

    All of Deal Lake. 7 am – 12 noon Open to the Public.

      Largest $75
      Second Place $50
      Most Caught $200
      Junior (Under 12 years of age) $25

    Weigh in at Deal Lake flume before Noon.
    View Asbury Park Fishing Club Schedule

     Save Jetty Country and Don’t Dam the Flume Rally

    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.

    Deal Lake Commision Joins With NJDEP to Seek Federal Aid in Post-Sandy Cleanup

    : 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.



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