Geography. The Bullskin Creek
watershed lies in northeast Clay County and a corner of Leslie 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. Bullskin Creek empties into the South Fork Kentucky River
near Oneida. Among the creeks that feed it are Little Bullskin Creek, Meadow
Branch, Barger Branch, Wiles Branch, and Long Branch.
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 assessed creek segments in this watershed
fully support their designated uses, 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. Bullskin Creek showed elevated levels of copper in
1999. See tables for details.
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
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