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Spraying For Water Hyacinth In The Delta Starts Thursday

  

Spraying for water hyacinth in the Delta will start on Thursday with the use of more more boats, manpower and other resources.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways will have seven more technicians, two additional managers, and help from the California Conservation Corps to battle the invasive weed this year.  

New motors for six boats, and four new boats will be added later in the year along with a mechanical harvester.

Gloria Sandoval with the department says the most heavily infested areas will be sprayed first.

"Most importantly it's going to be in the Stockton waterfront and Port of Stockton, as well,” she says. “Those are areas that have been repeatedly, year after year, been affected by the water hyacinth so we definitely want to target those areas."

According to Sandoval, in the past few years the warm winters have fostered hyacinth growth, but this year a hard winter freeze killed off some of the hyacinth and slowed its invasion.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio