Geography. The Frozen Creek
watershed lies along the northern edge of Breathitt County. The land is in the
Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by mountainous
terrain, rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of 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.
Waterways. Frozen Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky River
north of Jackson. Among the creeks that feed it are Cope Fork and Clear Fork.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is rural and wooded. No
businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See
tables for details.
Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed
include one (Cope Fork) that only partially supports its designated uses, based
on biological and/or water-quality data. Siltation contributes to the impairment
of the stream. 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. See tables for details.
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
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