Port Of Stockton Proposes Project To Harvest Hyacinth For Biogas

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.