The Utah County Commission Monday approved an application by the Utah County Historic Preservation Commission for a grant to conduct an archaeological study around the shore of Utah Lake.

The application will be submitted to the Division of State History for a grant of $2,144. The Preservation Commission will match that amount with research funds from Brigham Young University and volunteer work by students doing class projects.This is the first project undertaken by the recently formed commission. Lavar Rockwood, a commission member, said now is a good time to do research around the lake because of its low water level.

"There are sites that can be identified at this time before any more damage is done to them," Rockwood said.

Upon completion of the study a report will be compiled by Colleen Baker, a BYU graduate student in anthropology, and Joel C. Janetski, a member of the Preservation Commission.