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Asparagus Festival entrance mess getting attention

4:43 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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  • Water hyacinth and garbage litter tunnel entrance to Asparagus Festival along Stockton waterfront, April 24, 2013.
  • Water hyacinth and garbage litter tunnel entrance to Asparagus Festival along Stockton waterfront, April 24, 2013.
    

STOCKTON , CA - The city of Stockton said work should begin Thursday to clean up a massive pile of water hyacinth and garbage that's at the main entrance to this weekend's Asparagus Festival.

The debris is at the dead end of the channel where thousands of people will enter the festival Friday through Sunday. 

Festival board member Doug Wilhoit said it's "very frustrating" after "constant phone calls to the city," that the mess was there on Wednesday.

But late in the afternoon, city spokesperson Connie Cochran said removal work will start Thursday and the man being hired will stay on the job throughout the weekend.

It's a bureaucratic mess, because the city said the California Department of Boating and Waterways is supposed to remove the hyacinth.  But that agency said Wednesday it sprays hyacinth to kill it, but removal is not part of the agency's responsibility.

Still, work should begin Thursday to make the waterfront entrance to the asparagus festival a bit more inviting.

By tdaly@news10.net 

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