Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Crystal Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Crystal Creek watershed lies in central Lee County. The land is in the plateau area of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by rolling terrain, medium to rapid surface runoff, and slow to moderate 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.

Waterways. Crystal Creek empties into the Kentucky River at Beattyville. Among the creeks that feed it are Threemile Branch. Silver Creek, just to the west, is also included in this watershed.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mostly rural and wooded, but 15% is agricultural. No businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. No creeks in this watershed were assessed.

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 lowest 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. Data show high levels of bacteria indicative of fecal contamination in Crystal Creek (above 200 colonies/ml). Levels of sulfur, copper, and thallium were elevated at the site. 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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