El Centrol Postcard # 4:
Fig Lagoon – The pond was created from the need to repair the Fig Drain, which was damaged during tropical storm Kathleen in September 1976. Flood waters from surrounding desert and agricultural drains washed out the drain outlet. During reconstruction of the area near the New River channel, the outlet was enlarged creating an evaporation pond, which reduced the amount of water flowing to the Salton Sea. As the pond filled with water, wildlife and waterfowl were attracted to the area. Fig Lagoon has become part of the National Watchable Wildlife Program. The 80 acres receives drain water from a combination of agricultural drainage and irrigation carriage water which ensures a year-around supply of water to support a large wildlife population.
Caution: Intense heat may make bird viewing difficult or impossible!