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
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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