Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Lower Howard Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Lower Howard Creek watershed is in southwestern Clark County. The land is in the inner subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by undulating terrain and moderate rates of both surface runoff and groundwater drainage. 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.

Waterways. Lower Howard Creek empties into the Kentucky River at Lisletown. West Fork Lower Howard Creek feeds into Lower Howard.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 85% agricultural, about 5% rural and wooded, and less than 10% residential. The surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for the municipal system in Winchester. No businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segment in this watershed does not support some or all of their designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. A variety of factors may contribute to the impairment of the stream. 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. 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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