Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Hanging Fork Creek

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Geography. The Hanging Fork Creek watershed covers northwestern Lincoln County and includes parts of Casey and Boyle Counties. The land is in the outer subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by undulating terrain, moderate to rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The watershed lies partly above fractured shales through which groundwater can easily move but which stores very little water. Other sections lie over interbedded clay shales and siltstones. There are also areas of interbedded shales and limestones (these are 20% limestone; water conduction is poor because of the clay content of the shale).

Waterways. Hanging Fork Creek empties into the Dix River west of Lancaster, near Hedgeville. Among the creeks that feed it are Baughman Creek, McKinney Branch, Peyton Creek, Blue Lick Creek, White Oak Creek, Harris Creek, and Knoblick Creek.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is almost 80% agricultural, 16% rural and wooded, and 4% residential. Three businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed include one part of Hanging Fork Creek that does not support some or all of its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Pathogens from agricultural sources 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 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. A significant amount of the triazine herbicide atrazine was detected at the volunteer monitoring station on Hanging Fork Creek (>1 microgram per liter); however, the concentration of atrazine was well below the EPA’s maximum contaminant level of 3 micrograms per liter. 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 tables: Adobe Systems will let you download a free copy.)

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