LSU and Ohio State square off Monday night in the BCS Championship Game, but the two universities have been working together since 2003 to rebuild coastal wetlands. Ohio State researchers are developing wetlands upstream the Mississippi River in order to reduce the nutrients going into the Gulf of Mexico. Those nutrients are adding to the 975-square-mile dead zone in the gulf. Robert Twilley, associate vice chancellor of research and economic development at LSU and a coastal expert, says the pairing could produce long-term results. "If we’re going to make any progress, it’s got to be a collaborative effort throughout the Mississippi River basin," Twilley says. That’s what makes this partnership so unique—its potential for real impact.”
Meanwhile, in a game-related project, officials and fans from both universities will team up to rebuild the baseball fields at the Boys and Girls Club of New Orleans, which were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and collect blankets that will be distributed to the area’s homeless. The public service project will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1140 S. Broad St.