Craneweijer in the mist
This morning the only snow of this year until now was almost gone and there was mist/fog. The right time to go and shoot some atmospheric photos.
In the mid-20th century, the Kerkrade coal mines discharged their polluted wastewater into the surrounding streams. Likewise the Hammijn and the Domaniale Mine. They used the Anstelerbeek for this. After the mine closures, activities were developed to give the area a better look. One of those activities was the construction of a walking area of which this reservoir is part.
Just before Eygelshoven a weir was built in the Anstelerbeek. The lake that was created as a result was given the name Cranenweyer. It is the only reservoir in the Netherlands. The lake got its name on August 30, 1974. The Kerkrade Cadastral Register of 1771 mentions a piece of land, located an der Cranen weyer (weyer = pond). It belongs to the domain of Castle Erenstein. The pond itself is located at the southern part of the present reservoir. The Cranenweyer covers an area of approximately 20 ha. It has a regulatory function (prevention of flooding in the former municipality of Eygelshoven and overloading of the Worm) and a recreational function (location in a recreation area, fishing pond with about 500 fishing spots, and former boating pond).
Categories: Kerkrade Lake in Limburg (Netherlands) Reservoir in the Netherlands