Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Station Camp Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Station Camp Creek watershed covers the northern section of Jackson County and part of southeastern Estill County. The higher, southern section of the watershed is

terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The lower, northern section of the watershed 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. Some of the watershed lies over sandstone aquifers and some 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.

Waterways. Station Camp Creek empties into the Kentucky River at Irvine. Among the creeks that feed it are Clear Creek, Hoys Fork, Crooked Creek, Hinton Branch, South Fork Station Camp Creek, War Creek, War Fork, and Cavanaugh Creek.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is more than 80% rural and wooded and 15% agricultural. Six businesses and organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segments in this watershed include one that only partially supports its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Siltation 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 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. Phosphorus levels at War Fork were elevated enough to cause potential nutrient enrichment problems (> 0.1 mg/L). Another site at Station Camp Creek exhibited elevated copper levels. See tables for details.

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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