Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Cane Creek

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OVERVIEW

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 Creek.

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.

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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