Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Red River (lower)

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Geography. 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 upland terraces.

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 (upper) watersheds.

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.


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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