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Clarks Run Watershed Based Plan
Hanging Fork Watershed Based Plan
All across Kentucky,
there are many streams that flow into larger bodies of water, a
central feature in Kentucky’s landscape. In fact, these streams
surrounding land represent some of Kentucky's most valuable
natural, cultural, and historical resources. They provide us
with more than 100 kinds of fish native to our waters. And they
provide recreational opportunities, such as
swimming on the streams and rivers of more than 4 million people.
When it rains, all the water falling to the land recharges the
groundwater and stream flows. This surrounding land is
called a watershed. No matter where we live in Kentucky, we live in a
watershed. Think about it! Every time it storms, the water runs
off the land toward a stream. Anything on the ground—like
pesticides, garbage, and trash—runs off the land with the water
and eventually ends up in our streams, as well. According to the
Kentucky Division of Water, many of Kentucky’s assessed streams
and rivers are polluted to the point where they can no longer
support swimming and fishing. Polluted water is usually caused
by our activities on the land.
There are twelve major watersheds, or river basins, in Kentucky.
The Dix River Watershed is located in the
Kentucky River Basin.
The lower Dix River Watershed includes the western edge of Garrard
County, part of northern Lincoln County, and eastern portions of
Boyle and Mercer Counties. The land is characterized by undulating
terrain and moderate rates of both surface runoff and groundwater
drainage. Most of the watershed lies above thick layers of easily
dissolved limestone. Groundwater flows through channels in the
limestone, so caves and springs are common in regions with this
The lower Dix River watershed includes the river itself from the
mouth of Gilberts Creek, southwest of Lancaster, to the confluence
with the Kentucky River near High Bridge. Herrington Lake makes up
much of this stretch of the Dix River. Among the creeks that feed
the river within this watershed are Hawkins Branch, Boone Creek,
White Oak Creek, McKecknie Creek, Tanyard Branch, Cane Run, and
Rocky Fork. The watershed also receives water from the Dix River
(upper), Logan Creek, Hanging Fork Creek, Clarks Run, and Spears
Creek & Mocks Branch watersheds.
Land in the watershed is 90% agricultural and 5% residential. The
surface waters of the watershed supply the drinking water for the
municipal system in Danville. Eleven businesses and organizations
hold permits for discharges into the creeks.
Based on biological and/or water-quality data, the assessed river
segments in this watershed comply with water quality standards for
swimming and aquatic life. Herrington Lake, however, does not
support aquatic life, as a result of reduced dissolved oxygen (DO)
concentrations; primarily this is a result of excessive nutrient
enrichment from a variety of sources. Phosphorus levels in the Dix
River alone are elevated enough to cause potential nutrient
enrichment problems to the lake (> 0.1 mg/L). Excessive nutrients
indirectly cause reduced dissolved oxygen in water when algae blooms
begin to use more oxygen (through respiration and decomposition)
than they produce during photosynthesis. See tables for details.
The upper Dix River watershed covers southern Garrard County,
western Rockcastle County, and eastern Lincoln County. The land is
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.
The upper watershed of the Dix River includes the headwaters down to
the mouth of Gilberts Creek just west of Gilbert (at US 27 between
Lancaster and Stanford). Among the creeks that feed it are Negro
Creek, Turkey Creek, Copper Creek, Fall Lick, Drakes Creek, Harmons
Lick, Walnut Flat Creek, Cedar Creek, Stingy Creek, Turkey Creek,
and Gilberts Creek.
Land in the watershed is 60% agricultural and almost 40% rural and
wooded. Three businesses and organizations hold permits for
discharges into the creeks.