Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Lower Subbasin

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The Lower subbasin of the Kentucky River stretches from Madison County north to Carroll and Gallatin Counties. It includes the most heavily populated region of the basin, surrounding Lexington.

A few issues account for most of the problems documented for this subbasin in the Kentucky Division of Water’s most recent Report to Congress under the Clean Water Act. These include straight pipes and failing septic systems, pathogens and nutrients from agricultural sources, contamination from runoff in heavily settled areas, modification of streambeds or removal of vegetation, and siltation resulting from agriculture, construction, or other activities.

The watersheds in counties surrounding Lexington almost all ranked high in the Ranked Watershed List. Several were among the top ten in the basin, underscoring the need to address watershed issues in an area of high population density and rapid growth. The northern part of the subbasin includes many watersheds that ranked lower in need for action, but several also ranked medium or high.

Learn more about the subbasin by going to EPA’s Lower Kentucky subbasin web site.


View maps of watersheds in the lower subbasin: northern section, middle section, southern section.

Select a watershed to view individual reports:

Benson Creek
Boone Creek
Brush Creek
Cedar Creek
Clarks Creek
Clarks Run
Clear Creek
Dix River (lower)
Dix River (upper)
Drennon Creek
Eagle Creek (lower)
Eagle Creek (upper)
Elkhorn Creek
Flat Creek
Fourmile Creek
Glenns Creek
Griers Creek
Hanging Fork Creek
Hickman Creek
Jessamine Creek
Kentucky River 205 005
Kentucky River 205 060

Kentucky River 205 140
Kentucky River 205 250
Kentucky River 205 420
Logan Creek
Lower Howard Creek

Lytles Fork & Eagle Creek
Mill Creek
Mill Creek & Big Twin Creek
Muddy Creek
North Elkhorn Creek
Otter Creek
Paint Lick Creek
Severn Creek
Shaker Creek
Silver Creek
Sixmile Creek
South Elkhorn Creek
Spears Creek & Mocks Branch
Sugar Creek
Tate Creek
Tenmile Creek
Upper Howard Creek



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