Eradication unlikely

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island

    Salvinia can repopulate from just a fragment of the plant, meaning it could easily spread from one waterway to another.

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island

    A flower floats near a patch of salvinia on the Kilauea River.

KILAUEA — An invasive weed community members have been battling for years along the Kilauea River is creeping back along the banks, growing rapidly in a thick blanket of green that is known to take over the surface of lakes and slow-moving water.