The section of Deal Lake running along Colonial Terrace is in terrible condition. Sediment has accumulated to the point of creating an island of land where grasses are now growing out of the water. Each year, the accumulation of algae and weeds has grown worse and worse, and the quality of the water in the lake has deteriorated.
Laura McBride (CTPA President) and Don Brockel (Deal Lake Commission) met with Mayor Chris Siciliano on August 31st to discuss what can be done to ensure the lake is put on a healthy course for the future.
Mayor Siliciano was provided with photos, taken by Mike Hommel and Linda Dobracki, showing the terrible condition of the western part of our lake (photos will be posted on our website). The mayor is aware of the serious problems with a number of our local lakes. Problems in other small lakes in Ocean Township are currently being addressed, including a dredging project planned for Fireman’s Pond (near Wickapecko and Grassmere). Don and the Mayor agreed that our lake needs to be dredged, but two things need to be in place before that project can begin. A new storm scepter is needed behind 400 Lincoln, and a new retention pond needs to be built behind the Seaview Square Mall/Petco area. Funding for the retention pond hasn’t been secured yet, but the mayor is hoping the developer of the mall will be willing to help once his new businesses open and he has added income stream. Otherwise a proposal for the retention pond needs to be considered when the new township budget items are reviewed. We need to continue to put pressure on them so they don’t forget our lake.
Grass clippings and leaf litter are storm-water pollutants. As this waste breaks down in our local waterways, it adds excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus to the water. This leads to unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and native and non-native aquatic weeds. A high level of algae growth happens almost every year in Deal Lake. Apart from looking unsightly, excessive algae blooms can block out sunlight and deplete the oxygen level in the water, which kills fish and limit lake use.
Yard debris, including leaves and other organic plant material like shrubbery trimmings and grass clippings, are a significant source of storm-water pollution. Blowing lawn waste into the street can clog storm drains and cause drainage and flooding issues. Storm drains are not connected to the wastewater treatment plant. There is no treatment to remove the debris from the water before it reaches nearby lakes, and streams.
HEALING DEAL LAKE
Here are some ways offered by the Deal Lake Commission of how we can ALL help our end of Deal Lake.
Maintain Good Yard Mantainence: