Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Muddy Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Muddy Creek watershed is in western Madison County. The land is in the outer subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by undulating terrain, moderate to rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The watershed lies partly above fractured shales through which groundwater can easily move but which stores very little water. Other sections of the watershed lie over easily weathered clay shales that store water but allow little groundwater flow. There are also areas of interbedded shales and limestones (these are 20% limestone; water conduction is poor because of the clay content of the shale).

Waterways. Muddy Creek empties into the Kentucky River north of Doylesville. Among the creeks that feed it are Viny Fork, Hickory Lick, Clear Creek, and Dunbar Branch.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 75% rural and wooded, about 10% each commercial and wooded, and less than 5% residential. The surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for the Blue Grass Army Depot, through which it flows. Seven businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. One of two assessed segments of the creek fails to support all its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Pathogens contribute to the impairment of the segment. 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. There is a volunteer site at Doylesville. 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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