Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Paint Lick Creek

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Geography. The Paint Lick Creek watershed lies along the Madison County-Garrard County line. The upper reaches of the watershed lie 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 lower part of the watershed is in the hills of the bluegrass subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and slow groundwater drainage. Parts of the watershed lie over interbedded shales and limestones (these are 20% limestone; water conduction is poor because of the clay content of the shale). Other areas are underlain by interbedded limestones and shales (>20% limestone, allowing groundwater flow where the clay content is low enough).

Waterways. Paint Lick Creek empties into the Kentucky River at the juncture of Fayette, Madison, and Garrard Counties. Among the creeks that feed it in Garrard County are Walnut Meadow Branch, White Lick Creek, Frog Branch, Lowell Branch, Broadus Branch, Long Branch, and Back Creek. Dog Walk Branch, Gilead Branch, Wheeler Branch, and Sledd Branch are among its Madison County tributaries.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 85% agricultural, about 15% rural and wooded, and less than 3% residential and commercial. Four 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 segment that only partially supports its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Pathogens from agricultural sources contribute to the impairment of the streams. 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 a moderate 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. One of two sites exhibited elevated thallium levels and phosphorus levels elevated enough to cause potential nutrient enrichment problems (> 0.1 mg/L). See tables for details.


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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