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Water hyacinth spraying starting in Delta

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POSTED March 17, 2013 7:39 p.m.

STOCKTON - Water hyacinth spraying is starting in the Delta.

Water hyacinth has wreaked havoc on those that rely on the Delta for their livelihood and recreation. This non-native floating plant has caused headaches for marina owners who have had an almost daily battle to keep the channel and waterways open for boaters.

Cathleen Galgiani, chair of the Senate Sub-Committee on Invasive Species, has been a driving force in bringing all the parties to the table to cut the bureaucratic red tape and get the needed spraying program back on track.

Galgiani said that Friday’s announcement that the California Department of Boating and Waterways has obtained the necessary permits for this early season’s spraying is good news for the Delta. Spraying is expected to start as early as next week.

“I am pleased that we were able to work together to secure the necessary permits to begin spraying in the Delta,” the senator said.”Protecting the Delta is one of my highest priorities and I applaud all that were involved to help get rid of this floating menace.”

Stockton Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug W. Wilhoit Jr. had said, “This long and frustrating process of getting the ‘ugly hyacinth weed’ sprayed early enough to make sure our Delta and marinas, including the Downtown Stockton Marina, has been a team effort lead by Senator Cathleen Galgiani.”

A public notice and map of treatment sites will be posted on the website of the Department of Boating and Waterways later on today at www.dbw.ca.gov.

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