The Red River (lower)
watershed covers north-central Powell County and parts of southeast Clark County
and northwest Estill County. The land is in the Knobs physiographic region,
characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and very slow
groundwater drainage. In level parts of the Knobs, runoff and groundwater
drainage are slow. The watershed lies partly above fractured shales through
which groundwater can easily move but which stores very little water. Other
parts lie above interbedded clay shales and siltstones. Unconsolidated silts,
sands, and gravels occur along the flood plain of the river and on adjoining
Waterways. This watershed includes the Red River between the junction
of the Red River with the Middle Fork Red River (near Bowen) and where the Red
River empties into the Kentucky River at the corners of Estill, Clark, and
Madison Counties. Among the creeks that feed the Red River in this section are
Cat Creek, Pecks Creek, Hatton Creek, Anderson Branch, Hatcher Creek, Pompeii
Branch, Tug Branch, Judy Creek, Beech Fork, Black Creek, Twin Creek, Woodward
Creek, and Loglick Creek. Water also flows into the watershed from the Middle
Fork Red River, Hardwick Creek, Cane Creek, Lulbegrud Creek, and Red River
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 60% rural and
wooded and 40% agricultural. The surface waters of the watershed supply the
drinking water for municipal systems in Clay City, Stanton, and the Beech Fork
Water Commission. Eight businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges
into the creeks. See tables for details.
Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed
fully support their designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality
data. 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. There are two monitoring sites on the Red River. See
tables for details.