Geography. The Troublesome Creek
watershed covers large areas of Perry, Knott, and Breathitt 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. Troublesome Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky
River at Haddix. Among the creeks that feed it are Lost Creek, Buckhorn Creek,
and Balls Fork.
Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded.
Groundwater in the watershed supplies the drinking water for the municipal
system in Hindman. Twenty businesses and organizations hold permits for
discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.
Agency data assessment. The twelve assessed creek segments in this
watershed include five that do not support some or all of their designated uses,
based on biological and/or water-quality data. Pathogens, siltation, and
salinity from a variety of sources contribute to the impairment of these
streams. 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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