Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Hardwick Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Hardwick Creek watershed occupies south-central Powell County and part of Estill County. The land is in the Knobs physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and very slow groundwater drainage. In level parts of the Knobs, runoff and groundwater drainage are slow. The watershed lies partly above fractured shales through which groundwater can easily move but which stores very little water. Other sections of the watershed lie over easily weathered clay shales that store water but allow little groundwater flow. Interbedded clay shales and siltstones underlie the remaining area.

Waterways. Hardwick Creek empties into the Red River south of Clay City. Among the creeks that feed Hardwick Creek are Daniel Branch, Branham Branch, Ballard Branch, Little Hardwick Creek, and Frames Branch.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 85% rural and wooded and about 15% agricultural. 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 segment of Hardwick Creek that does not support its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Pathogens contribute 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 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 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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