Geography. The Stillwater Creek
watershed is in Wolfe County. The higher part of the watershed is in the Eastern
Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by mountainous terrain,
rapid rates of surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The
lower part of the watershed is in the plateau area of the coal field region,
characterized by rolling terrain, medium to rapid rates of surface runoff, and
slow to medium 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. Parts of
the watershed lie over sandstone aquifers.
Waterways. Stillwater Creek empties into the Red River in Wolfe
County just east of the Daniel Boone National Forest and northeast of Campton.
Among the creeks that feed it are Rockhouse Creek, Betts Branch, Buchanan Fork,
Baptist Fork, Rocky Branch, and Laurel Fork.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 80% rural and
wooded and 20% agricultural. 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. Data for Stillwater Creek indicate elevated chromium.
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
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