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Calif releases insect to combat invasive weed (over 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers)
SFGate.com ^ | 7/30/11 | AP

Posted on 07/30/2011 2:40:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- California officials have released thousands of insects in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to combat an invasive weed that has clogged the waterway.

The state Department of Food and Agriculture let more than 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers go at several locations in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties this month.

Officials hope the insects, which are native to South America, will establish self-sustaining colonies and begin chomping down on water hyacinth. The invasive plant forms a dense carpet on the surface of waterways, impeding boat access and clogging water intake systems.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; combat; hoppers; hyacinth; insect; invasive; plant
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1 posted on 07/30/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

After the critters finish off the hyacinths, what will they devour next?


2 posted on 07/30/2011 2:41:33 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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Ok OK.. don’t all panic at once..

Donate to FR first..

and then panic.. :-]


3 posted on 07/30/2011 2:42:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: JimRed

Or maybe they will find something they prefer to water hyacinths.


4 posted on 07/30/2011 2:42:52 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge

Somehow I can’t stop hearing that song about the old lady who swallowed a fly.


5 posted on 07/30/2011 2:43:33 PM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gee - what could possibly go wrong???


6 posted on 07/30/2011 2:43:36 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: JimRed
After the critters finish off the hyacinths, what will they devour next?

They never learn.

7 posted on 07/30/2011 2:45:00 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Water hyacinths don’t even compost properly! I’m in the Northeast, and I’ve used them in a fish pond. In fall, I tossed ‘em onto the compost pile, and the roots form a black mass that is resistant to breakdown.


8 posted on 07/30/2011 2:45:46 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: NormsRevenge
We couldn't spray or cut the eurasian milfoil this year. (Thank you DEQ)

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9 posted on 07/30/2011 2:45:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: JimRed
The unintended consequences will be protecting those bugs as an endangered species.
10 posted on 07/30/2011 2:46:09 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: NormsRevenge

This will not end well.......it NEVER does.


11 posted on 07/30/2011 2:46:35 PM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: NormsRevenge

And here’s hoping that these imported critters don’t create a new problem as they chomp along on the water hyacinth.


12 posted on 07/30/2011 2:47:01 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: NormsRevenge

Why do I have a feeling that ten years from now, they’ll be looking for something to bring in to kill the invasion of these ‘hoppers’.


13 posted on 07/30/2011 2:47:04 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: NormsRevenge

Stop all irrigation to save the Delta Smelt and introduce a new voracious bug to eat the Water Hyacinth, and do it all at Taxpayer Expense.

What could go wrong?


14 posted on 07/30/2011 2:50:05 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Uncle Ike

My feelings, too. It’s not like these hoppers are on leashes.


15 posted on 07/30/2011 2:50:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mnehring
Why do I have a feeling that ten years from now, they’ll be looking for something to bring in to kill the invasion of these ‘hoppers’.

No worries.

They'll just bring in cane toads.

16 posted on 07/30/2011 2:50:58 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Calusa

Someone made the decision. Names? And if anything bad happens, they should have to explain themselves.


17 posted on 07/30/2011 2:53:54 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: NormsRevenge

Gee,California has really gone downhill.
When I lived there all you needed to worry about was the canyon meth head crazies.


18 posted on 07/30/2011 2:55:18 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is going to turn out bad. It always does when they think they know better than nature.


19 posted on 07/30/2011 2:56:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Flycatcher

The chances are slim that the cane toads will develop needle-sharp teeth but if they do, then all they have to do is import the only slightly venomous rake snakes, which love cane toads.


20 posted on 07/30/2011 2:56:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our founding fathers and their families: all armed conservatives)
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To: NormsRevenge

is that like that foreign beetle that is orange and looks like a lady bug, that bites, and swarms in your house and stains things?


21 posted on 07/30/2011 2:58:49 PM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Perhaps they can be crispy-fried and chocolate-coated? Yummy.


22 posted on 07/30/2011 2:59:21 PM PDT by ryderann
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t they have green cars in California that run on that?


23 posted on 07/30/2011 3:00:21 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: mylife
Is it possible that the Delta Smelt like to eat the hoppers and that the hoppers a toxic to the smelt?
24 posted on 07/30/2011 3:00:28 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: mad_as_he$$

Anything could happen LoL

I don’t think a smelt is big enough to eat a hopper, but fish LOVE grasshoppers and crickets.
I often used them this time of year for bait when I was a kid.


25 posted on 07/30/2011 3:10:03 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: NormsRevenge

I am curious what was the process involved to approve this......you can’t start a construction project without going through tons of red tape, lawsuits, bureaucrats, etc.


26 posted on 07/30/2011 3:13:56 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: JimRed
After the critters finish off the hyacinths, what will they devour next?

Cleveland.

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27 posted on 07/30/2011 3:15:10 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Rhat’s because as they ferment they become acidic and that tends to stop decay. Try sprinkling a bit of lime on them and see what happens, say a handful of lime per wheelbarrow full to start.


28 posted on 07/30/2011 3:23:06 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Beginning of the End.

29 posted on 07/30/2011 3:27:37 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: NormsRevenge

Haven’t we learned yet that this always backfires?


30 posted on 07/30/2011 3:28:42 PM PDT by bgill
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To: JimRed

Don’t ya wonder what they will haver to do to get rid of the insects in a year or two??


31 posted on 07/30/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: JimRed

Don’t ya wonder what they will haver to do to get rid of the insects in a year or two??


32 posted on 07/30/2011 3:30:05 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: JimRed

Yah, because things went so well with the Africanized bees....


33 posted on 07/30/2011 3:30:12 PM PDT by NordP (Common Sense ConservaTEAves - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

50 years ago the Government sprayed the Hydrilla that grew naturally in the Potomac River.

It has never returned yet,and now we have a river that is dying. The crabs have no place to shed, the oyster get a disease and die, there is no grass and no oxygen in the water, the water is o dirty we are afraid to swinm in it. Commercial Crabbers have sores all up and down their arms from the cuts and crab popts getting infected. Some people have lost limbs from infections, The water looks like mud,with a grease slick on it. Leave you boat in it overnight and the bottom will never look the same .

Beware of unintended consequences.


34 posted on 07/30/2011 3:37:20 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: dhs12345
Someone made the decision.

Some John Lennon bespectacled, birckenstocked, former hippy college professor who oughta know Water Hyacinth are also exotics and how they were introduced from a non-native habitat.

35 posted on 07/30/2011 3:41:03 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: tumblindice
The chances are slim that the cane toads will develop needle-sharp teeth but if they do, then all they have to do is import the only slightly venomous rake snakes, which love cane toads.

Again, no worries.

King Cobras are chiefly snake-eaters. If the rake snakes get out of hand, we could simply import thousands of King Cobras into California.

See how everything works out?

36 posted on 07/30/2011 3:50:47 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: count-your-change
Try sprinkling a bit of lime on them and see what happens

Thanks for the tip. This year I stuck with water lettuce, though.

37 posted on 07/30/2011 3:51:04 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mylife

The best bait I ever used was black blood suckers...pick them out of the bucked with needlenose plyers and you can catch fish all day with only one or two...they don’t pull apart like worms and other bugs...catfish love them...


38 posted on 07/30/2011 3:51:29 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Uncle Ike
Gee - what could possibly go wrong???

"Tell me this isn't a government program." Line spoken by Ed Harris in Apollo 13 when told they had to jam a square CO2 filter in a round hole.

39 posted on 07/30/2011 3:57:04 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: NormsRevenge
I think I saw this movie.

It didn't end well.

40 posted on 07/30/2011 3:59:31 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Can we ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bringing in one invasive species to kill off another often doesn’t work.

Nutrias (think ‘large water rats’)were brought into the US southern states to eat water hyanciths years ago. It didn’t work and the nutrias stayed, creating holes in irrigation dykes for their nests.

Kudzu was brought in to stop erosion. It now covers the south in a strangling green blanket that nothing can stop apparently.

I read where Texas A&M is studying a plan to kill off fire ants by bringing in from S. America the only species of insect that is their natural enemy—a gnat that bites them behind the head and sucks out their brains. What could possibly go wrong? Gig ‘em Aggies!


41 posted on 07/30/2011 4:00:47 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Only in California.


42 posted on 07/30/2011 4:01:24 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: tumblindice
then all they have to do is import the only slightly venomous rake snakes,

And then the CDC will tell everyone they need to get an annual vaccination against slightly venomous rake snakebites.

43 posted on 07/30/2011 4:02:54 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
No, they never do end well.. :-)


44 posted on 07/30/2011 4:03:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: JimRed
After the critters finish off the hyacinths, what will they devour next?

Grape leaves. They LOVE grape leaves. Signal this the end of California wine.

45 posted on 07/30/2011 4:06:44 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: Lady Jag
Life is a B movie here here these days.


46 posted on 07/30/2011 4:07:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Officials hope the insects, which are native to South America,...

This never works as planned. Never. I just hope the unintentional consequences are not horrible.

47 posted on 07/30/2011 4:11:58 PM PDT by Principled
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Grape leaves. They LOVE grape leaves. Signal this the end of California wine.

Doesn't Bela Pelosi own some CA vineyards?

48 posted on 07/30/2011 4:13:46 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: goat granny

Interesting!
I have caught catfish everything from fish guts to wild strawberry’s LoL


49 posted on 07/30/2011 4:38:00 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

50 posted on 07/30/2011 4:39:33 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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