Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Red River (headwaters)

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Geography. The Red River (headwaters) watershed lies in Wolfe County and partly in Morgan County. The higher eastern part of the watershed is in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by mountainous terrain, rapid rates of surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The lower western part of the watershed is in the plateau area of the coal field region, characterized by rolling terrain, medium to rapid rates of surface runoff, and slow to medium 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 Red River from its sources to a point just west of Hazel Green. Among the creeks that feed the Red River in this watershed are Lacy Creek, Gilmore Creek, State Road Fork, and Rose Fork.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded; less than 10% is agricultural. Three businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. No creeks were assessed in this watershed.

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 lowest 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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