STOCKTON, CA - Every year when it's hottest, a plant called water hyacinth invades downtown Stockton. This year, during a cooler fall, it's even worse.
"It's really unfortunate. The hyacinth has extended beyond the level of control. Some alternative solutions need to to happen, rather than just spraying herbicide on the hyacinth," said Downtown Stockton Alliance Director Leandro Vicuna.
Vicuna said the plant has prevented yacht groups from visiting downtown Stockton events.
"It's not just an aesthetic problem. It hurts local businesses and that's why it's important," said Vicuna.
The control of waterways like Stockton's falls under the state of California, and Gloria Sandoval with the Department of Parks and Recreation said hyacinth in and around Stockton has been sprayed 15 times since April.
Sandoval also said federal permits will allow spraying to start in March of next year, earlier than usual. She said hyacinth always gathers along the Stockton waterfront because the hyacinth is carried by tides and winds to that part of the delta.