Geography. The Red Bird River
watershed covers eastern Clay County, western Leslie County, and the northeast
corner of Bell 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
Waterways. The Red Bird River joins Bullskin Creek and Goose Creek
near Oneida to form the South Fork Kentucky River. Among the creeks that feed it
are Red Bird Creek, Phillips Fork, Upper Jacks Creek, Bowen Creek, Flat Creek,
Big Creek, Elk Creek, Ulysses Creek, Hector Branch, Jacks Creek, and Bear Creek.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded.
Five 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 of the Red Bird River that does not support some or all of
its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. See tables
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
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
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