Man touts bold hyacinth solution

A man named Dave Parker called to say he’s got a better mousetrap when it comes to ridding the Delta of water hyacinth: he’s taking the existing approach and going big.


A Port of Stockton hyacinth harvester working the Deep Water Channel near Louis Park last November. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

Currently, a small harvester is used — way too small, says Parker.

The “pricey, non-functional little tiny choppers” in use have 200 cubic foot hoppers that fill all to quickly when tackling what Parker estimates is 10.5 million cubic feet of hyacinth at peak season. Then they must waddle over to a dump site, a round trip which can take hours.

“I have put together a team of professionals that have designed a turn key….front to back solution…. harvest to end use….Stockton-built  large industrial solution to the hyacinth and algae problem that completely removes the hyacinth,” Parker says.

His solution: a big-bellied 20,000 cubic foot barge, outfitted with eight 3-foot-wide chain conveyors, and pushed around by tug boats.
Rock Systems is designing a the conveyor belts, Parker says.

Parker says he’s even got an end-user who will take the hyacinth off his hands, obviating the need to truck it off to some disposal site: AAAA Hyacinth Harvesting. Though, what, exactly, these folks will do with it Parker did not say (AAAA’s website shows pictures of hyacinth furniture; nice furniture, actually).

Parker’s solution sounds logical. But so far no customers have expressed interest, he says. On the contrary, Parker feels the bureaucrats are giving him the runaround.

“I am making proposals and being passed around like a $2 bill,” Parker said.


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