Geography. The Sexton Creek
watershed occupies northwest Clay County, extending into Jackson and Owsley
Counties. 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 coal layers.
Waterways. Sexton Creek empties into the South Fork Kentucky River at
Taft. Among the creeks that feed it are Robinson Creek, Bray Creek, Ellis
Branch, Cradlebow Branch, and Little Sexton Creek.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded;
about 10% is agricultural. One business holds permits for discharges into the
creeks. See tables for details.
Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed
include a segment of Sexton Creek that only partially supports its designated
uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Acidity (pH) contributes to
the impairment of the stream. 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 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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