Geography. The Leatherwood Creek
watershed covers the southern end of Perry County. The land is in the Eastern
Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by mountainous terrain,
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. Leatherwood Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky
River west of Cornettsville. Among the creeks that feed it are Oldhouse Branch,
Clover Fork, Beech Fork, and Little Leatherwood Creek.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is nearly all rural and
wooded. One school holds a permit for discharge into the creek. See tables for
Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segment in this watershed
fully supports its 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 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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