Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Cedar Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Cedar Creek watershed covers southern Owen County. The land is in the hills of the bluegrass subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and slow groundwater drainage. The watershed lies over interbedded limestones and shales (>20% limestone, allowing groundwater flow where the clay content is low enough).

Waterways. Cedar Creek empties into the Kentucky River at Monterey, just below Lock and Dam Number 3. Among the creeks that feed it are Hall Branch, Elm Fork, Plummer Branch, Kays Branch, Indian Creek, McDowell Branch, Elk Lick Creek, Morgadore Creek, Bowen Branch, and Sawdridge Creek.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is almost two-thirds agricultural and about one-third rural and wooded. No businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed segments of Cedar Creek and Sawdridge Creek in this watershed only partially support their designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Organic enrichment, siltation, and alteration of stream banks, streamside vegetation, and other aspects of the habitat 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 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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