Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Lotts Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Lotts Creek watershed straddles the boundary between Knott and Perry Counties. 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. Lotts Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky River north of Hazard. Among the creeks that feed it are Youngs Branch, Elk Fork, Trace Branch, and Darb Fork. Upper Second Creek is also included in this watershed.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is nearly all rural and wooded. Five businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed include one that only partially supports some or all of 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. Lotts Creek data show high levels of bacteria indicative of fecal contamination in (above 200 colonies/ml) and a high sulfate level. See tables for details.

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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