The project to place lifelines across the All-American Canal will likely cost more than estimated, according to Imperial Irrigation District staffers.
During a brief report to the board Monday, staffers said the $92,000 awarded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will not be enough to cover project costs.
IID directors said if necessary the board will go back to the agency for more money.
The district is going to move ahead with a study to determine how to place the lifelines across the canal.
A safety consultant has been hired and is expected to spend two days working in the Imperial Valley to study the lifeline issue starting Monday. That consultant will draft a report to guide the work on the lifelines.
The placing of the lifelines across the canal was pushed by San Diego-area resident John Hunter, a brother of Congressman Duncan Hunter.