Where our hyacinth headache started

Poster for the 1884 World Cotton Exposition in New Orleans, where water hyacinth samples were handed out to patrons, sealing the fate of the Delta and many other hyacinth-clogged water bodies.

Someone asked me on Twitter what the most viable plan is to attack water hyacinth.

Here is my expert opinion:

First, invent a time machine.

Second, travel back in time to one day prior to the 1884 Cotton States Exposition in New Orleans.

Third, hogtie whichever knucklehead dreamed up the idea of handing out hyacinth samples to thousands of visitors from across the country, and

Fourth, throw all those plants on the first boat back to the Amazon.

That’s what I’d do.

Is it just me, or would that make for kind of a cool action flick — a little Back to the Future, a little Terminator? And with the proceeds from the film, we could build a state-of-the-art bioenergy facility here in Stockton where our hyacinth could be collected and put to good use.

OK, scratch the time machine plan. Anyone got a number for James Cameron?

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