The Slate Belt is the location of the rise and fall of industrial enterprise in North America. Beneath this layered and rich history, a unique geological condition defines the edge between the Appalachian mountain range and the communities that make up the slate belt. The Delaware watershed system includes a subterranean aquifer that is equivalent to the size of Lake Erie.
Water is the region’s most valuable asset. In the next 5-20 years, neighboring states that have already run out of water, and pressure from global fluctuation in the availability of water will make the Lehigh Valley a significant region for water technology, distribution, and resource extraction.
Left: Pen Argyl, PA; former slate quarry mining town