Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Quicksand Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Quicksand Creek watershed covers the northeastern part of Breathitt 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. Quicksand Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky River near Quicksand. Among the creeks that feed it are Big Caney Creek, Hunting Fork, Hawes Fork, Spring Fork, and Laurel Fork.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded. Three businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The seven assessed creek segments in this watershed include four that do not support some or all of their designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. One is threatened. A variety of activities contribute to the impairment of these 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 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. Data show high levels of bacteria indicative of fecal contamination in Quicksand Creek (above 200 colonies/ml). Levels of sulfate, copper, and thallium were also elevated in 1999. 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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