Ohio State Looking to Reclaim Historical Mirror Lake

By D.J. Byrnes on March 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

Ohio State is one of the most treasured spots on campus for students and alumni. And why not? It holds one of the most sacred student traditions annually.

But after Ohio State students jumped into Mirror Lake in 2013, Ohio State drained the Lake. Now they're looking to bring it back, with an eye on sustainability. Mirror Lake is filled with city water, which is a financially burdening. From The Lantern:

“The United Nations predicts that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in absolute water scarcity and that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a water stressed condition,” [OSU Director of Energy Services and Sustainability Aparna] Dial said. “Just because for us, it’s an abundant resource doesn’t mean we should waste it, and the fact that we are doing something about it is really important to the university.”

Donald Boerger, a third-year in city and regional planning who attended the forum, said it’s a good idea for the lake to be restored back to its historical feel.

“It brings heritage to the campus, a sense of community and beautiful scenery that is so relaxing,” Boerger said. “People forget about heritage and history so it’s really important to bring it back to its old roots.”

Restoring historical Mirror Lake with an eye on sustainability, what could be a better outcome for one of the best places on campus?

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