Ohio State Refills Mirror Lake; Officials Mum on Mirror Lake Jump's Future

By DJ Byrnes on August 13, 2014 at 12:10p
Ohio State's Mirror Lake during Michigan Week in 2012

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According to The Lantern, Ohio State drained Mirror Lake after last year's anti-Michigan fiesta "to allow for work on a sustainability study aiming to prevent water loss because of leaks in the lake’s structure."

In layman's terms: Ohio State was fed up with paying the city $46,000 annually for 50,000 gallons of water a day to fill their decrepit "lake."

Ohio State has begun the process of refilling to lake  using water from an underground well buried deep beneath Mirror Lake. Unfortunately, there could be some drawbacks.

From Collin Binkley of The Columbus Dispatch:

It also could bring an unpleasant odor at first. Much like the spring water that first fed the lake decades ago, the well water contains hydrogen sulfide gas, which typically smells like rotten eggs or sewer gas, officials said.

“My feeling is that it would just be a waft here and there. It will not be a stench,” [Ohio State's energy and sustainability engineer Aparna] Dial said.

Only a waft here and there. It shouldn't be a problem; who doesn't love a good whiff of rotten eggs when they're taking a stroll through south campus?

As The Dispatch notes, though, the university could save $40,000 a year if their plan works.

But don't get too excited about Mirror Lake's resurrection. The lake will be need to be drained again, and it still remains unclear if the lake will be filled for this year's jump.

From Logan Hickman of The Lantern:

As of Tuesday afternoon, Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said he was not able to comment on whether the renovation will affect the jump, regardless of the project’s completion.

“We can’t really address hypothetical situations,” Hedman said.

Aparna Dial also refused to speculate on the future of Ohio State's Mirror Lake student tradition.

Hopefully OSU officials get their mind right, lest Chilliam Wallace has to lead another campaign for Mirror Lake freedom

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cdubs's picture

Minor point but they've already started refilling it, it's just apparently going to take a week to slowly fill up.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Corrected.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I'd argue that the Mirror Lake jump will actually be beneficial to the re-filled lake. The simplest solution for removing hydrogen-sulfide in the water (sulfur water as it's informally called) is to aerate it, essentially agitating the water so bubbles will carry it out. Sure, it'll smell at the time, but afterwards, no rotten egg smell.

Unfortunately the sulfur would be replaced with piss and beer.

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Oyster's picture

So what I hear you saying is that there needs to be a jump more often, especially during the warm weather when the aeration is needed more.  Like weekly, with bikinis.  Am I tracking?

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Buckeye5000's picture

You would have gotten an up vote from me except for one thing I disagree with:

You said..."with bikinis".......I'm would prefer it WITHOUT BIKINIS!.......but maybe that's just me. ;)

Go Bucks!

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Buckeye5000's picture

I was talking about the Females.....Duh.

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Oyster's picture

This is a family forum.  Just trying to keep it clean.  Ever hear of Wicked Weasel Bikinis?  They can wear those all day and I am fine with it.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Last one in doesn't smell like a rotten egg?

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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BTBuckeye's picture

Mirror Lake sponsored by Huntington

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TennBuck16's picture

It's not like Ohio State is in desperate need of money. Just keep the students happy and they will stay and keep paying you overly large amounts of money to keep going to school. Mirror lake is a tradition that needs to keep going.

Ohioian by birth. Tennesseean by force.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

What do you mean Mirror Lake is a tradition?

MIrror Lake

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osu07asu10's picture

its been pointed out before,..love the mudbutt in this picture

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Jack Burton's picture

The university has been draining a lot of Waters as of late.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture
OMG

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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Tim's picture

Yeah I'm sure there's no way they could have Mirror Lake filled in time for the jump during Michigan Week -- filling a small lake twice in three months is surely impossible.

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OSUStu's picture

Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that it will be necessary to drain the lake for "maintenance" once a year in November?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Just have every student bring a bucket of water with them - might not get filled to the brim, but shows initiative and creativity.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Never experienced it, but I would definitely like to. (I did not attend tOSU, btw, so chances of me going and doing it are pretty slim, because now I would be that creepy guy...)

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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J.Mo's picture

I applied for that Energy & Sustainability Engineer. Did pretty well on the interview too. Unfortunately there were more qualified applicants. 

BierStube's picture

Mirror Lake jump .. good idea

Smells like rotten eggs ... I am out of here ..

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I'm curious what you did to come across this gif. But I don't think I really want to know.

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OSUStu's picture

Just be glad that you haven't seen the actual video this came from...and what actually came out of his butt.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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BierStube's picture

Came across it by accident ... had a good laugh .. thought I would share ... like most everything on here!  I can see Stu went a looking though!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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OSUStu's picture

Haha.  Unfortunately, I didn't have to go looking.  One of my so-called friends showed me the video a few years back.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Tosh.0 did a segment on this, I do believe

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I always thought Mirror Lake stunk anyway, so I don't see the problem.

Bamabucknut's picture

I think the $45 k water expense is only part of the reason for what I think will happen to the lake.

How about the insurance expense and savings from incidents at the lake....for starters ?
 

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Catfish Biff's picture

The Olentangy River be like: Sheeeit, what a river gots to do around here to get some play?! Mirror Lake be straight up ghetto with goose crap and all that funk

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Exactly how I'd expect the Oletangy's dialect.

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Barnsey69's picture

To BamaBucknut's point, and as someone who formerly had fiscal responsibilities at tOSU, $45K hardly seems like a figure that will give anyone in Bricker Hall hard nips. I mean, Wexner has that much in his Range Rover's cup-holder!

More likely the sustainability and liability angles are the real agenda. Even the clean-up costs are a rounding error in the FOD budget...

First no sex at band practice and now this! Lamo State....sheesh!

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PasadenaBuckeye626's picture

People will jump, and the university knows that

Go Bucks!

DePasta's picture

With the new smell they should rename it Lake M*ch*g*n

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BuckGnome's picture

Ahh Mirror Lake, the memories.  20 years ago, myself and a few buddies would gather when they'd drain the lake in the fall and round up thousands of gold fish and sell them to area bait shops.  Besides the gold fish, there were always engagement rings and other jewelry tossed in by jilted lovers, as well as huge piranha and other exotic fish that fellow students tossed in at the end of the school year.  Sold them to pet shops.   Made for good beer money.  We'd even use a cast net sometimes when the lake was full, nobody gave a shit back then.  (what can I say, I'm a redneck)

Used to enjoy hanging around there after Red White & Boom also.  Every year some the chem students would always show up with some homemade "fireworks" to toss in the lake.  Holy Mother Of God some of those things put Boom to shame!

And it has always smelled like rotten eggs!

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robobuck's picture

I wonder if they'd let me metal detect in the lake? Bet there's thousands of coins, rings, watches, bracelets there. Who would I ask for such a privilege?

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BuckGnome's picture

There are all of those things.  Back in the day, when the University would drain the lake, they would firehose all the muck down to the deep end to be sucked out by a big pump that was brought in.  The lake bottom is brick.  While this was going on, all you had to do was keep your eyes peeled for the glitter.  The workers got the first crack, but they were cool about kids at the time joining the treasure hunt.  Non of them gave a crap about the fish.  So there was free reign on those.

We were young and never asked permission, and back then nobody cared.  But yeah, if you could take a metal detector to that muck concentrate in the formerly deep end of the lake when the big pump wasn't on, you would definitely find lots of valuables.  But its 2014 and even if there was somebody to ask permission I would be stunned if the university would consent to any such thing.

Myc24's picture

When I was at OSU, I absolutely loved hanging around Mirror Lake. The jump in the fall of my freshman year, and watching it in subsequent years, was always amazing. Anything to keep the lake in good condition for as long as possible, I'm in favor of doing - as long as drunken freshmen still get to jump in those disgusting waters every year before we beat TTUN.

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buckeyedude's picture

I would love to send you some beautiful Lake Erie water to help out. :D

 

 

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DaveStephens's picture

That sulfur smell is pretty much how all of the Florida peninsula smells when they run their water sprinklers. 

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