Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Upper Devil Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Upper Devil Creek watershed is in southern Wolfe County. The land is in the plateau area of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region, characterized by rolling terrain, medium to rapid surface runoff, and slow to moderate 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. Upper Devil Creek empties into the North Fork Kentucky River near the Wolfe-Lee boundary west of Flat. Among the creeks that feed it are Bear Pen Creek, Right Fork, and Left Fork Upper Devil Creek.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is mainly rural and wooded, but about 10% is agricultural. No businesses or organizations hold permits for discharges into the creeks. See tables for details.

Agency data assessment. The assessed creek segment only partially supports its designated uses, based on biological and/or water-quality data. Habitat alteration 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. 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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