Kentucky River Basin Asessment Report

Upper Howard Creek

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OVERVIEW

Geography. The Upper Howard Creek watershed covers southeastern Clark County. The land is in the outer subregion of the Bluegrass physiographic region, characterized by undulating terrain, moderate to rapid surface runoff, and moderate rates of groundwater drainage. The watershed lies partly above fractured shales through which groundwater can easily move but which stores very little water. Other sections of the watershed lie over easily weathered clay shales that store water but allow little groundwater flow. There are also areas of interbedded shales and limestones (these are 20% limestone; water conduction is poor because of the clay content of the shale) and areas of interbedded limestones and shales (>20% limestone, allowing groundwater flow where the clay content is low enough).

Waterways. Upper Howard Creek empties into the Kentucky River east of Ford. Among the creeks that feed it are Dry Fork, Kings Fork, and Little Howard Creek.

Land and water use. Land in the watershed is about 75% agricultural and more than 20% rural and wooded. Three businesses and 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. 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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