Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Middle Fork (upper)

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Geography. The Middle Fork Kentucky River (upper) watershed covers northern Leslie County and part of western 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. This watershed includes the section of the Middle Fork between Cutshin Creek and Buckhorn, including Buckhorn Lake. Among the creeks that feed it are Hell for Certain Creek, Grassy Branch, Elkhorn Creek, Rush Creek, Leatherwood Creek, Otter Creek, and Gays Creek. Water from the Middle Fork Kentucky River (headwaters) watershed and the Cutshin Creek watershed also flows into this watershed.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is rural and wooded. The surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for Buckhorn Lake State Park. The park holds two permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The three assessed segments in this watershed include one, Buckhorn Lake, that only partially 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 1999.


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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