Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Shaker Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Shaker Creek watershed covers east-central Mercer County. The land is in the inner subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by undulating terrain and moderate rates of both surface runoff and groundwater drainage. The watershed lies above thick layers of easily dissolved limestone that form carbonate aquifers. Groundwater flows through channels in the limestone, so caves and springs are common in regions with this geology.

Waterways. Shaker Creek empties into the Kentucky River just above Mundys Landing. Among the creeks that feed it is Shawnee Run.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is 95% agricultural, and most of the rest is rural and wooded. One organization holds a permit for discharge 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.

TABLES

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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