The Eagle Creek (upper)
watershed covers western Grant County and eastern 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 above interbedded limestones and shales (>20%
limestone, allowing groundwater flow where the clay content is low enough).
Waterways. This watershed includes the section of Eagle Creek between
the mouth of Lytles Fork (just over the Scott County line in Owen County) and
the mouth of Tenmile Creek near Folsom in Grant County. Among the creeks that
feed it are Caney Creek, Red Oak Creek, Dickey Fork, Paynes Run, Elk Creek,
Three Forks Creek, Musselman Creek, Grassy Run, Straight Fork Creek, and
Statlers Run. The watershed also receives the water from the Lytles Fork &
Eagle Creek, Clarks Creek, and Brush Creek watersheds.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is more than 50%
agricultural and more than 40% rural and wooded; residential areas make up 3%.
Six businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks.
See tables for details.
Agency data assessment. The fourteen assessed creek segments in this
watershed include one that does not support its designated uses, based on
biological and/or water-quality data. Seven others only partly support their
uses. Siltation, nutrient and organic enrichment, and habitat modifications
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 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. No volunteer data were collected in this watershed in