Geography. The Grapevine Creek
watershed is in northern Perry 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
Waterways. Grapevine Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky River
north of Chavies. Among the creeks that feed it are Combs Branch, Spencer Creek,
Clear Fork, Mudlick Branch, Wiley Miller Branch, Trace Branch, and Haddock Fork.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is nearly all rural and
wooded. Seven businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the
creeks. See tables for details.
Agency data assessment. Grapevine Creek does not support some or all
of its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. A variety
of activities contribute to the impairment of the creek. 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 highest 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
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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