It appears the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has decided to allow lifelines to be placed in the All-American Canal to reduce the number of drownings.
That's not to say that it is a done deal. The board has placed several conditions on the project, one of which could prove too difficult. The board has asked the group pushing for the lifelines to provide the insurance for the project. How that will be done is an unanswered question.
There are even more pressing questions, though, particularly whether the lifelines should be installed in the first place and whether they actually will help save lives.
We don't think so in either case.
The lifelines have been pushed by John Hunter, who is the brother of our congressman, Duncan Hunter. John Hunter and those working on this issue with him have waged a passionate battle for the lifelines. Well-intentioned IID directors have decided that it is worth giving the lines a try as long as Hunter can meet conditions such as the insurance matter. Those board members who want to see the lifelines are doing what they think is right and deserve credit for that and for setting a time period in which to judge the success of the lines.