Geography. The Cane Creek (Powell
County) watershed lies in northeastern Powell County and includes a bit of
Menifee 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. Parts of the
watershed lie over sandstone aquifers. Other parts lie above interbedded clay
shales and siltstones.
Waterways. Cane Creek empties into the Red River between Bowen and
Stanton. Among the creeks that feed it are Lower Cane Creek and Right Fork Cane
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded;
about 10% is agricultural. 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
includes one that does not support its designated uses, based on biological
and/or water-quality data. Pathogens contribute to the impairment of these
streams. 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 the highest 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. There is a volunteer monitoring site on Cane Creek.
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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