H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Jan 28, 2013 9:34 AM by Associated Press

Weeds clogging Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Weeds have become a big problem in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways and harbors.

The Sacramento Bee says the fight against the waterway-clogging hyacinth, which usually begins in June, is getting an earlier start this year.

The floating water hyacinth was brought to America from the Amazon in the 1880s as an ornamental plant and it reached the Delta in the 1940s.

Government agencies and the boating industry have been battling it ever since, mainly with herbicides.

At Korth's Pirate's Lair Marina near Isleton, 62-year-old co-owner Kim Korth says the latest infestation is the worst so far.

If left unchecked in summer, water hyacinth explodes and forms a solid carpet across the water surface, clogging propellers, rudders and water intakes.

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