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Harrods Creek Watershed


LOJIC Disclaimer

Only a very small portion of this watershed is within Jefferson County. The drainage basin for Harrods Creek is approximately 92 square miles. The area is rapidly developing and most of the development is commercial and residential. The area of impervious surfaces is increasing, but a significant portion of this basin is still agricultural. In the past, there has been only one sampling site in the Harrods Creek watershed, but an additional site has been added starting in 1999. Currently, there is no flow or land use data available for Harrods Creek. These data will be forthcoming.

Hite Creek, a tributary in this watershed, is on the State (303d) list for aquatic life and recreational impairment. The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) classifies streams based upon their potential use, such as whether they may be used for recreational purposes, whether they support aquatic life, etc. The 303d list identifies streams within Kentucky that do not meet their designated use or partially fail to meet their designated use.

Nutrient levels in the stream are very high. Most of the nutrients originate from lawn chemicals, agricultural chemicals, golf courses, septic tank seepage and small water quality treatment centers. Dissolved oxygen levels are often low. Much of the oxygen reduction is the result of nuisance levels of algae and higher water temperatures due to tree removal along stream banks. There are also extremely high levels of siltation. Storm runoff from construction sites, and agricultural and commercial development, have produced a degraded stream with dramatically reduced habitat. Frequent violations of recreational standards for fecal coliforms (one third of all samples) make the stream system unable to support recreational use.

Harrods Creek is in need of a management plan to protect the stream from development that fails to use "Best Management Practices" (BMPs) for erosion prevention and sediment control. Emphasis should be placed on protecting riparian vegetation. This vegetation creates a buffer for construction and moderates temperatures.

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Last Updated: July 06, 2012

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