Saturday, August 8, 2015

Rockin' The Trinity River Beer In Hand With A Dose Of E. Coli On Sunday Funday

A couple anonymous comments from Anonymous about Rockin' the River with a good dose of e.coli.....

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Rockin' The River Flushed Due To Too Much Toilet Water In Fort Worth's Trinity River":

Juris Doctor Granger talking on stage at Rockin' the River (Week 7) in photo #17. He should have bought the house a round at his own expense.

And then Another Anonymous left another interesting comment, including the Star-Telegram article about Rockin' the River getting flushed due to too much e.coli.

Another Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Rockin' The River Flushed Due To Too Much Toilet Water In Fort Worth's Trinity River":

I dumped the Startlegram earlier this year because I got tired of paying an ever expanding price for an ever shrinking paper. But, for those few occasions when I go to their site, I never have a problem getting any story I want (because I dump cookies frequently?). So here's the story that raises more questions than it answers:

E. coli found in Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion

A high amount of E. coli in the Trinity River left locals rockin’ the land instead of the water at Thursday night’s Rockin’ the River concert.

The crowd at the Panther Island Pavilion had to watch headliner Sam Riggs, followed by musician Aaron Einhouse, from the banks of the river after weekly testing found 1,700 E. coli organisms per 100 milliliters of river water near the pavilion.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality standard is 399 E. coli organisms per 100 milliliters, said Woody Frossard, environmental director for the Tarrant Regional Water District.

“Anything above that they don’t recommend contact recreation,” Frossard said.

He said the TRWD performs water sampling every Tuesday from May through October. When the test results came back Thursday, he said, he recommended water tubing be canceled for the event that night.

“I can’t tell you what is causing the problem because I don’t know yet,” Frossard said. “I got the samples today and will do more testing tomorrow. There is a possibility someone dumped something in the river.”

He said the only problem area found was near Panther Island Pavilion. Other parts of the river tested less than 40 E. coli organisms per 100 milliliters.

Water district employees will be back out on the river early Friday, testing the waters upstream to try to identify the source.

Sunday Funday, a day of family-friendly tubing, kayaking, canoeing and boating at Panther Island, was still scheduled. It will be the last Sunday Funday event of the year.

By Monica S. Nagy

In the photo of J.D. Granger, with his signature can of beer in hand, is he announcing to the assembled throng of inner tubers that there would be no getting in the Trinity River tonight due to a big plume of sewage passing through on its way to Dallas?

I agree with Another Anonymous, the Star-Telegram article raises more questions than it answers. As in how did this extremely elevated level of e.coli pollution come to be at this one specific location, that being the location where America's Biggest Boondoggle encourages people to get wet in the Trinity River?

Supposedly other areas of the river were tested, at the same time, with no elevated e.coli levels.

Are there random plumes of sewage pollution floating down the Trinity River? And just by happenstance the water testers were testing the water just as a plume of sewage floating by the Rockin' the River zone?

I refuse to refer to the Rockin' the River zone as Panther Island Pavilion, due to my aversion to propaganda and puffery, As in there is no island or pavilion. And the panther is a hundred year old joke. I agree with Mr. Spiffy on this serious issue, in that Gator Island is a much better name. Since a gator has been seen on the imaginary island this century.

Thursday the Trinity River was closed to floaters due to too much contamination. But Funday Sunday will float on schedule, three days later?


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