Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Eagle Creek (upper)

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OVERVIEW

Geography. 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 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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