Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Red Lick Creek

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Geography. The Red Lick Creek watershed covers the southwest corner of Estill County, the southeast corner of Madison County, and the northwest corner of Jackson County. The part of the watershed south of Red Lick Creek is in the escarpment area of the Eastern Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The part of the watershed north of the creek 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 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. Parts of the watershed lie over easily weathered clay shales that store water but allow little groundwater flow. Other parts of the watershed lie above interbedded clay shales and siltstones. Other parts of the watershed lie above interbedded clay shales and siltstones.

Waterways. Red Lick Creek empties into Station Camp Creek northwest of Wagersville. Among the creeks that feed it are Owsley Fork, Joe Lick Fork, Cowbell Creek, Gravel Lick Branch, Stillhouse Branch, Floyd Branch, Shirley Branch, Long Branch, Horns River, and Henderson Branch.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded; about 20% is agricultural. The surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for Berea College’s water system. No businesses or 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 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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