Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Boone Fork

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Boone Fork watershed lies along the northern edge of Breathitt County. The land is in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by mountainous terrain, rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The watershed is underlain by coals, sandstones, and shales: this geology is generally conducive to productive wells, although water quality may be low for wells that draw from coal layers.

Waterways. Boone Fork empties into Frozen Creek a short distance above its confluence with the North Fork Kentucky River north of Jackson. Among the creeks that feed Boone Fork are Hurst Fork, Johnson Fork, Polecat Branch, and Peggs Fork.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is rural and wooded. No businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The Division of Water categorizes Boone Fork as threatened, based on biological and/or water-quality data. See tables for details.

Watershed rankings. The ranking formula provides a preliminary ranking by synthesizing a broad spectrum of watershed characteristics, current conditions, and threats. This watershed ranks in the group with a moderate need for protection and/or restoration. This rating is for the watershed on average: particular sites and particular waters within the watershed may vary widely. See tables for details.

Volunteer data. No volunteer data were collected in this watershed in 1999.

TABLES

Click here to view tables for this watershed, in PDF format. These tables include land-use characteristics, designated uses, stream assessments, public water supply and water withdrawal sites, permitted discharge sites, gaging and sampling sites, volunteer data, and values for the 35 indicators used in calculating watershed rankings. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the tables: Adobe Systems will let you download a free copy.)

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