I have visited Fig Lagoon off Derrick Road for several years. It is a beautiful place to watch birds and to view the most outstanding sunrises and sunsets. There are concrete benches and even a trash can. Recently, the place has become a dumping area. The trash can is never emptied. I called the county and they said it was up to the Imperial Irrigation District. I called IID and no response. We should value the beautiful places we have and keep them clean. Who is responsible for up-keep to Fig Lagoon viewing area? — Concerned Nature Lover, El Centro
We don’t really know.
IID owns the area, but its responsibility is for maintaining the inlets and the banks of the lagoon, which is really just an evaporation pond for agricultural tail water.
IID spokesman Kevin Kelley said the IID is aware that the area is used as an illegal dumpsite, as are many IID areas throughout the county. He said the district and the county are now in negotiations to figure out when and how the trash will be cleaned up.