Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Kentucky River 204 010

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Geography. The Kentucky River 204 010 watershed occupies central Lee County. The land is in the escarpment area of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very 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. This watershed includes the Kentucky River from Beattyville west to the mouth of Sturgeon Creek at Heidelberg. Among the creeks that feed it are Contrary Creek and Mikes Branch. Water from the North Fork Kentucky River (lower) and South Fork Kentucky River (lower) watersheds also flows into this watershed.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded; about 10% is agricultural. The Beattyville sewage treatment plant holds a permit for discharges into the creek. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed fully support all of their designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. 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. No volunteer data were collected in this watershed in 1999.


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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