Welcome Fellow Conservationists

The Golden Lake Preservation Society is dedicated to Environmental, Social, and Economical Responsibility for Your Community, for Your Children, and for Life.

About The Golden Lake Preservation Society

The Golden Lake Preservation Society (GLPS) was founded to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of Golden Lake and all of its residents and visitors.

GLPS is a voice for all of Nature's creations and inhabitants, especially for the future of humanity: our children. We believe that financial wealth and morally defensible conduct for future generations and the environment must coexist.

This past year, a number of Golden Lake's residents and property owners have been working together to stop the Golden Lake Association's (GLA) active campaign to discharge toxic pesticide chemicals into Golden Lake. After several failed attempts to enlighten GLA about the dangers of the toxic chemical pesticide 2,4-D (which is especially dangerous to developing and growing children), GLPS was founded to promote the safe and ethical treatment of our local inhabitants and the environment.

Problem: Chemical Contamination of Golden Lake

The Golden Lake Association (GLA) has chosen to discharge toxic pesticide chemicals into Golden Lake, in an attempt to control the lake's Eurasian watermilfoil infestation. No thoughtful consideration was given to the detrimental impact that chemical pesticides and pesticide residues are known to have on human health and the environment. After numerous correspondences involving GLA meetings, emails, letters, and transcripts, it was evident that GLA was in denial of the established facts, including medical, epidemiological, and scientific evidence. Residents with health issues were warned by their physicians that they should not come in contact with the chemical, 2,4-D, and have not been able to enjoy the lake this summer.

Decades of careful scientific research, epidemiological medical findings, and converging statistical evidence independently and collectively indicate that many chemical pesticide residues are toxic to humans. This includes the pesticide used to contaminate the waters of Golden Lake, known as 2,4-D. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently indicated that exposure to residual quantities of 2,4-D causes diseases and cognitive impairments in developing children, which are likely to last for the rest of their lives.

The Pediatrics journal article is freely available here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/6/e1757

Humans can come into contact with residual quantities of toxic pesticides, especially 2,4-D, through daily activities. Ingestion of drinking water through contaminated wells near the source of environmental contamination is just one means through which toxic chemicals can enter and poison humans, causing acute illnesses in high doses, and persistent, chronic diseases in residual doses that may occur from poisoning Golden Lake.

Further information on the hazards specific to 2,4-D herbicide is provided in the Chemical Hazards section of GoldenLake.org.

Optimal Non-Chemical Solutions

Instead of contaminating our environment with toxic chemicals, The Golden Lake Preservation Society (GLPS) proposes a Non-Pesticidal Management (NPM) approach to addressing and safely controlling Eurasian watermilfoil in Golden Lake. The NPM approach would safely and effectively control Eurasian watermilfoil, while eliminating unnecessary toxic chemical contamination of the lake. Expensive and dangerous long-term chemical dependency incurred by chemical use would also be averted. By reducing the concentrations of pesticides in our precious local water supply, we would simultaneously improve the health of our community and our local ecology.

Further information on environmentally, socially, economically responsible, and scientifically based NPM solutions are provided in the Alternative Solutions section of GoldenLake.org.

Our Commitment

GLPS continually provides updated, truthful information about the dangers of the toxic chemical: 2,4-D.

GLPS is dedicated to helping the community understand the differences between corporate propaganda versus converging scientific evidence. We encourage the responsible use of this knowledge to make optimal policy decisions favoring public health and environmental preservation.

GLPS provides ongoing scientific research, relaying truthful information regarding safe alternatives for aquatic plant management. Our adopted methods for aquatic plant control are backed by knowledge gained from publically funded research institutions. Here, knowledge is not provided by chemical companies that want to sell us their poisonous products, but by tested and proven scientific research methods developed by environmentally conscientious freshwater scientists and conservationists.

GLPS performs scientifically unbiased literature reviews of peer-reviewed medical journals, and provides summaries about the human health hazards and environmental impacts of 2,4-D. In addition to providing knowledge about the medical literature, we actively engage and reference quality, publicly-funded scientific literature from peer-reviewed journals, to gain truthful knowledge about safe and effective maintenance of aquatic species.

GLPS performs environmental surveys of the local ecology, and provides a platform for public outreach. For example, we are currently performing independent surveys and scientific research of the local aquifer on and around Golden Lake.

We welcome comments and suggestions, and encourage lakeside residents and visitors of Golden Lake to participate in environmentally, socially, and economically responsible public water policies.

It has become evident that the only way a non-chemical solution to weed control on our lakes can work, is through a committed community effort that considers the needs of people and the environment. We all want to enjoy a relatively weed free lake, but not to the detriment of people who cannot be exposed to harmful chemicals.