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Tubing in the Trinity canceled again because of water quality

Rockin’ the River concerts on Thursdays during the summer feature tubing on the Trinity River, unless the bacteria level in water gets too high.
Rockin’ the River concerts on Thursdays during the summer feature tubing on the Trinity River, unless the bacteria level in water gets too high. Courtesy

Tubing in the Trinity was canceled again Thursday night at the weekly Rockin’ the River event because of E. coli levels in the water.

Heavy thunderstorms early Monday caused flash flooding, which washed bacteria into the Trinity River, said Matt Oliver, spokesman for the Trinity River Vision Authority, which sponsors the weekly concert at Panther Island Pavilion.

Under a new red-yellow-green color coding system, officials are informing patrons of water safety. Thursday night was a yellow activity level, meaning adults may wade, kayak, canoe and fish. But tubing and swimming is not allowed.

“E. coli has nothing to do with contact, but ingestion,” Oliver said to explain why some water activities were allowed while others weren’t.

Tubing was canceled last week at Rockin’ the River for similar reasons.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” said Jeff Smith, who was in town from New Jersey, visiting a friend. “This was going to be the highlight of my trip. That was our plan for the night.”

However, the water was deemed safe for tubing events on Sunday and Monday, the July 4 holiday.

“I am confident the river will return to its normal condition, which includes all types of water recreation,” Oliver said. “Fort Worth has phenomenal water quality.”

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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