Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Kentucky River 205 060

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Geography. The Kentucky River 205 060 watershed includes parts of the following counties: Clark, Madison, Fayette, Jessamine, and Garrard. The land is in the hills of the bluegrass subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and slow groundwater drainage. The northern side of the watershed lies above thick layers of easily dissolved limestone that form carbonate aquifers. Groundwater flows through channels in the limestone, so caves and springs are common in regions with this geology. The southern side includes areas of interbedded shales and limestones (these are 20% limestone; water conduction is poor because of the clay content of the shale) and areas of interbedded limestones and shales (>20% limestone, allowing groundwater flow where the clay content is low enough).

Waterways. This watershed includes the Kentucky River from Lower Howard Creek (Lisletown) to just below Lock and Dam Number 8. Among the creeks that feed it are Jouett Creek, Calloway Creek, Elk Lick Creek, Raven Run, Marble Creek, Stony Fork, and Davis Creek. Water from the Kentucky River 205 005, Lower Howard Creek, Otter Creek, Boone Creek, Tate Creek, Silver Creek, Paint Lick Creek, and Sugar Creek watersheds also flows into this watershed.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about two-thirds agricultural and nearly one-third rural and wooded. The surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for municipal systems in Lexington, Nicholasville, and Lancaster. Eight businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. No assessments were made in this watershed.

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.


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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