Geography. The Carr Fork watershed
covers southern Knott County and east central Perry 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. Carr Fork empties into the North Fork Kentucky River south
of Hazard (junction of Rte. 7 and Rte. 15). Among the creeks that feed it are
Little Carr Fork, Montgomery Creek, Reynolds Branch, and Yellow Creek.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is nearly all rural and
wooded. The surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for Carr
Creek State Resort Park. Eight businesses and organizations hold permits for
discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.
Agency data assessment. The assessed waterways in this watershed
include one (Carr Creek Lake) that only partially supports some or all of its
designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. See tables for
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. 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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