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A grant Summit County Friends of Animals received from PetSmart Charities could allow the number of spayed and neutered pets to increase by nearly 30 percent, a press release from the non-profit group states.

Friends of Animals successfully spays or neuters about 800 animals per year, said Cathy King, the group’s president.

"Spaying or neutering remain the best ways to protect from overpopulation and the most humane way to address these issues," the press release states.

PetSmart Charities has helped save the lives of more than 3.2 million homeless pets, the press release states. Along with spaying and neutering, Friends of Animals also offers shots and behavioral assessments for adoptable pets prior to finding them new homes.

"FOA’s spay/neuter program is an excellent example of collaboration," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities. "Partnerships like these are the key to successful, low-cost spay/neuter in local communities."

Chalk Creek: a ‘Water to Watch’

A stream east of Coalville was named to the 2008 10 Waters to Watch list.

The list is "a collection of rivers, steams and shores the will be healthier habitats for the many fish and wildlife species and people who call these areas home," a National Fish Habitat Plan press release states.

"Our approach teaming federal, state and local partners is helping to make these waters better," National Fish Habitat Plan vice-chairperson Kelly Hepler states.

Chalk Creek was chosen as a stream to improve because of its potential for providing habitat for Bonneville cutthroat trout. Volunteers in Coalville are planting vegetation to improve Chalk Creek.

"Whether you measure the effect of the 10 success stories in feet or miles of fish and wildlife habitat conserved, these kinds of concerted actions are what it is going to take to get our nation’s waters back in shape," Hepler said in the press release. "We believe the ‘waters’ recognized for 2008 will be the impetus for thousands of projects accomplished in the future."

Good habitat for trout is a "scarce commodity" in northeastern Utah, according to the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

Work will also be completed on private lands east of Coalville to open up Chalk Creek for fish access, the press release states.

"The Bonneville cutthroat trout has been blocked from the stream by culverts inadequately constructed to allow upstream fish passage," the press release states.

One culvert will be updated and a bridge will be constructed in place of another culvert, according to the group.

The state Division of Wildlife Resources, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are participating in the process. The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an effort to fix the most pressing problems at America’s fisheries.

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