Backed by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, six departments at two universities (Ohio State, Case Western Reserve) will combine three science branches (social, physical, biological) to explore a single watershed — the Maumee River’s, the Great Lakes’ largest. Why? To better understand people’s actions there, especially when it comes to land use and policy, and how those actions affect Lake Erie. Factored in, too: Possible climate change impacts. Check out the project’s website.