The Lackawanna River isn’t orange anymore.
At least not here behind the levee in The Plot, a jagged patchwork of residential streets on the north side of Scranton, Pennsylvania where oxidized water once signaled industrial prosperity. This is anthracite coal country. Well, it was until six decades ago when decreasing demand and rising costs drove the miners into the sunlight for good. There’s still a small fortune of coal under Scranton, but it would require a large fortune to extract it without disrupting life above ground. So there it lies.