It Just Makes Sence!
The bio fuel method allows the hyacinth to remain in its wet environment, thus lending to an easier task for fuels production. Despite their damage to the environment, invasive species often grow unchecked, smothering the natural community with unbridled proliferation. My research and method will hopefully in evoke a conversation on this water born problem for the Sacramento– San Joaquin River Delta. We can use water hyacinths to produce ethanol and fuels to power the infrastructures of the Cities, while also creating jobs with furniture manufacturing. Past methods to control the spread of the water hyacinth have yielded only temporary reductions in the plant population. Both bio control and herbicides have provided temporary relief from the water hyacinth, but these control methods are expensive, and they come with other environmental effects. As a result, they do not always garner support in the community, which makes their implementation less effective.
Preparing for This Venture!
In July 2013, I spent quite a bit of time in the Sacramento & San Joaquin River Delta recreational areas and noticed the place was full of Water Hyacinths and everyone was having problems with all the aquatic equipment that I could see, and I’m speaking of boats of all sizes, jet skis and row boats, the powered craft were scared that the plant would foul the water intakes, and the muscle powered craft had to change location to bypass the large hyacinth mats of plants to enjoy the rivers. Over a thirty day period of travel thru the area, it was happening everywhere.
To John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency:
The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become a disaster. The navigable part of the Calaveras River is completely filled in with the pest as are Buckley Cove, downtown Stockton harbor, Whiskey Slough, much of the San Joaquin River and many other areas — this is just a sampling.
This plant has gone from being a nuisance to now being a security and safety hazard. It is killing fish and wildlife and is serving as a breeding ground for disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Boats cannot operate which has caused operations at many marinas to come to a standstill as well as preventing people from visiting waterside restaurants and businesses. Law enforcement boats cannot travel through the hyacinth and this opens up a possible national security threat as terrorists could attack ships traveling up our rivers. This has been a problem that has been developing for the last several years ever since Ray Tsuneyoshi left the Department of Boating and Waterways in 2010. I am not going to discuss how the ball got dropped or how this problem could have been avoided, but I urge you at this time to take decisive action to control the infestation. The permitted pesticide spraying period ends on Nov. 1. You need to free up every available resource to spray as much as possible between now and the first. I recommend hiring outside contractors to help with the task. Once the spraying period is over you need to move forward with an aggressive campaign of mechanical removal of the plant. Once again this would probably involve outside contractors. Many private businesses have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own funds to try to control the hyacinth but ultimately I feel the responsibility for controlling the pest lies with the Natural Resources Agency. It has been disappointing to me and many of my associates trying to report the problem over the last few years that the Department (now Division) of Boating and Waterways will never answer the phone or return a message. It makes it appear that they do not want to address or solve the problem. Let me emphasize to you that now it has reached the critical stage and with the plant being able to double in area in less than two weeks the time for action is today! Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance. Bill Wells Executive Director California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau Rio Vista
Everyone knows it’s a problem, however; Politics as usual have lagged behind. Here is a link to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways: http://www.dbw.ca.gov/BoaterInfo/WaterHyacinth.aspx, see how they are poisoning the waterways! As of November 13, 2014, it has been decided that the City/State Government entities will focus all their concerns on the major shipping channels and leave the hundreds of boating communities which includes the visiting money spending public stuck in there berths. See our next Post: (coming soon) – “Mobile Power Generation“
Michael Burton Sr.
AAAA Hyacinth Harvesting