Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Sugar Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Sugar Creek watershed occupies central Garrard County. The land is in the hills of the bluegrass subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by hilly terrain, very rapid surface runoff, and slow groundwater drainage. Parts of the watershed lie over interbedded shales and limestones (these are 20% limestone; water conduction is poor because of the clay content of the shale). Other areas are underlain by interbedded limestones and shales (>20% limestone, allowing groundwater flow where the clay content is low enough).

Waterways. Sugar Creek empties into the Kentucky River due north of Lancaster. Among the creeks that feed it are Scotch Fork and the East, Middle, and West Forks of Sugar Creek.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly agricultural; about 6% is rural and wooded. No businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. No creek segments 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. There is one volunteer monitoring site on Sugar Creek. 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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