The Imperial Irrigation District's famous water mascot Dippy Duck is celebrating 36 years of water safety as the district's 2002 water safety program gets under way this week.
The annual program, which educates children to stay away from canals and drains, will be presented to elementary and preschool children throughout Imperial County during the next several weeks.
The 2002 water safety program begins on the heels of resolutions adopted by the IID Board of Directors and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors that proclaimed May as Water Safety Month and declared May 10 as "Dippy Duck Day."
While IID began its water safety program in 1959, Dippy Duck joined the team in 1966. The cartoon character was based on a real duck that nearly drowned in a canal.