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Tubing, swimming welcome at Fort Worth’s Fourth this weekend

Water has been approved by TRWD for tubing and swimming this weekend at Panther Island Pavilion.
Water has been approved by TRWD for tubing and swimming this weekend at Panther Island Pavilion. Star-Telegram

Swimming, tubing, wading — you name it, it’s all welcome and encouraged at Fort Worth’s Fourth on Monday.

The Tarrant Regional Water District tested the water for high E. coli levels and gave its OK Saturday for recreational usage.

“Testing has established that we are back to level-green conditions in the Trinity River and Panther Island Pavilion. The river is well under the limit for primary contact recreation,” said Woody Frossard, the district’s environmental director.

After the heavy rain and flooding last week, tests at several places in the river Wednesday found most of them had much higher E. coli levels than the “contact recreation standard,” said Chad Lorance, a district spokesman.

Panther Island had to ban tubing and swimming Thursday during its free summer concert series, but the ban has been lifted.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Azia Branson; 817-392-7547, @aziabranson

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