The air photo below was taken in May of 2005. The long narrow water filled pit
at center was once an Anthracite surface mine. After abandonment, the pit filled
with water and was later acquired by the Minersville Water Authority. This pit
overflows and feeds Minersville's main reservoir (seen at upper right). Interstate
81 was later built through the middle of this pit. Without planning, what was once
a surface mine is now a water resource asset providing additional water storage
for use in times of drought. Pre-mine planning could have maximized the form
and function of this water supply reservoir.