The city and Brigham Young University may play a part in the war against hunger in less-developed Third World countries now that the city council has signed a contract with BYU for a cooperative research project.

The contract gives BYU permission to use thermal energy at the city's power plant for warming hatchery ponds. Council approval allows the city and university to enter into a three-year lease agreement.The university plans to build six 700-gallon tanks and a small temporary structure at the northeast end of the present cooling pond at the power plant. Waste heat from the cooling loop at the fossil fuel plant will be used to heat the ponds.

BYU's civil engineering and zoology departments will study how waste heat can be used to heat ponds and grow fish that normally would grown only in tropical climates.