STOCKTON - As if the water in downtown Stockton wasn't smelly or ugly enough from algae, it's now got an E. coli problem as well. That's what prompted city officials to put up a warning sign along the waterfront.
"It's a bacteria from animal feces. It could be from a variety of sources. We just don't know exactly where it's from. We want to protect public health and keep folks safe," city biologist Mel Lytle said.
Lytle said because the drought has put so little fresh water into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Stockton's algae problem is as severe as it's been in years. Where the channel dead-ends downtown, piles of algae and garbage pile up, with the smell so unpleasant people can be seen walking by holding their noses.