STOCKTON – A glossy alien plant that colonizes Delta sloughs and channels each summer is especially thick this year, apparently because of a delay in the state’s annual eradication program.

If you’ve been near the downtown Stockton waterfront lately, you’ve probably seen the water hyacinth.

Considered one of the world’s worst weeds, the hyacinth right now is a solid floating blanket across the head of the Deep Water Channel near Weber Point. It also has infiltrated most of the berths at the new Stockton Marina.


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