Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Central Subbasin

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The Central subbasin of the Kentucky River occupies all of Powell and Estill Counties, much of Wolfe and Lee Counties, and parts of Jackson, Owsley, Menifee, Montgomery, Clark, and Madison Counties.

The subbasin is largely in the Knobs physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and very slow groundwater drainage. In level parts of the Knobs, both runoff and groundwater drainage are slow.

A few issues account for most of the problems documented for this subbasin in the Kentucky Division of Water’s most recent Report to Congress under the Clean Water Act. These include straight pipes and failing septic systems, pathogens and nutrients from agricultural sources, contamination from runoff in heavily settled areas, modification of streambeds or removal of vegetation, and siltation resulting from agriculture, construction, or other activities.

Watersheds in the Central subbasin ranged across all three categories of the Ranked Watershed List.

Learn more about the subbasin by going to EPA’s Upper Kentucky subbasin web site.


View map of watersheds in the central subbasin.

Select a watershed to view individual reports:

Cane Creek (Powell County)
Cow Creek
Drowning Creek
Hardwick Creek
Kentucky River 204 010
Kentucky River 204 030
Kentucky River 204 080
Lulbegrud Creek
Middle Fork of Red River

Millers Creek
Red Lick Creek
Red River (headwaters)
Red River (lower)
Red River (upper)
Station Camp Creek
Stillwater Creek
Sturgeon Creek
White Oak Creek


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