By Rich Ibarra, Capital Public Radio.
Water hyacinth has been the scourge of the Delta in recent years, but by this summer it could be providing the power to city lights. A pilot project is in the works to harvest it for biogas.
Water hyacinth clogs rivers and sloughs in the Delta trapping boats in the marina by mid-summer and fall.
Port of Stockton Environmental Manager Jeff Wingfield says the port is proposing a pilot project to harvest the hyacinth and convert it into methane to power a cogeneration plant.