Water hyacinth, seen from space
Just how prevalent is Stockton’s hyacinth problem? The satellites have spotted it.
Hyacinth accumulation on both sides of Weber Point in downtown Stockton. Right now, however, virtually all of the water shown here is covered.
I’ve no idea when these Google Maps satellite images were taken, but let’s go on a virtual “hyacinth tour” and check out several known hot spots around town.
And keep in mind, the problem as depicted on these maps is nowhere near as severe as it is right now.
A few slips are obstructed at the downtown Stockton Marina. Right now, the hyacinth crosses almost all the way across the channel in this area.
Mormon Slough, at the old McCormick and Baxter Superfund site. The slough is a known incubator for hyacinth, making conditions in the main channel that much worse.
A slip at the Port of Stockton. Cargo ships heading into the port were forced to abandon nighttime travel this past winter, because radar systems could not distinguish between floating hyacinth mats and dry land.
Buckley Cove, at the west end of March Lane just off the San Joaquin River. Portions of Ladd's Marina, on the left side of this shot, appears to be infested; and indeed, right now a number of slips at Ladd's are choked with the stuff. The end of the cove on the right side seems always to be jam-packed with hyacinth.
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