Every year around summer time a beloved character comes to all the elementary schools to tell kids to stay away from swimming the canals. His name is Dippy Duck.
If you grew up in the Imperial Valley you probably saw Dippy Duck through most of your childhood and taught you about water safety.
For 53 years, Imperial Valley school children have heard the message of water safety from the Imperial Irrigation District. This year celebrates another anniversary of Dippy Duck, the beloved water safety mascot.
Imperial Irrigation District water safety mascot Dippy Duck and the IID Board of Directors presented $16,000 in summer activity grants to seven Imperial Valley communities as part of the district’s water safety campaign during the board’s June 18 meeting.
The funds help make swimming pools and other activities available for children and adults to keep them busy during the hot summer months and support Dippy Duck’s message to stay away from canals and waterways.
Now that the school year has ended and local youth seek activities to keep them active and cool during the summer, IID’s grants will help with the costs of providing safe water activities.
Grants in the amount of $2,000 were awarded to the cities of Brawley, Calexico, Westmorland, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, and the Heber Public Utility District.