STOCKTON - Thick, green water hyacinth still covers much of Stockton's waterfront, but there's encouraging news that the problem is being tackled.
First, the state deputy director of the Division of Boating and Waterways met with Mayor Anthony Silva to brainstorm on removal ideas.
"There are options being discussed, perhaps getting tug boats and pushing the mass all together, so external excavation units will pull it up at a much faster pace than aquatic harvesting," Silva said.
At the expense of the Port of Stockton, harvesting equipment has been brought in to clean the port region so ships can move in and out. Now the harvesters are moving toward the downtown supply of hyacinth.
"The port is saying, 'Hey Rick (Hatton of Aquatic Harvesting), can you clean it up?' Let's take care of Stockton. It's heartwarming," Hatton said.