In 2011, the University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department completed a watershed plan for the Fayette County portion of the watershed. To develop a plan that addresses the Scott County sources as well, the Kentucky Division of Water awarded a Section 319 (h) Nonpoint Source Implementation Program Cooperative Agreement to Third Rock in 2016.
The Cane Run Watershed (HUC#05100205280200) is a 45.4 square mile (mi2), 28,000-acre watershed located within Fayette and Scott Counties, Kentucky. The Cane Run Watershed is located in central Kentucky in Fayette and Scott counties. This 28,000-acre watershed includes a portion of the cities of Lexington and Georgetown, a University of Kentucky research farm, and the Kentucky Horse Park. Like other watersheds, it is a land area that drains water into a common lake or stream—in this case, the Cane Run Creek. Because the Cane Run Watershed has karst features, water that enters the Cane Run Creek can take one of two paths—the water may flow into the Royal Spring Aquifer or eventually enter the North Elkhorn Creek. The Royal Spring Aquifer is a source of drinking water for Georgetown, Kentucky, making the Cane Run Watershed an important water resource for the region.
The Cane Run Watershed planning process is a collaborative effort to identify water-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to improve water quality. The plan will focuses on nonpoint source pollution, which is pollution that comes from runoff throughout the watershed, but also identifies where point sources, pollution from one specific pipe or location, contribute to problems.
As landowners, residents, and other stakeholders in the watershed, we know you have a variety of concerns about the Cane Run Watershed, including impacts to groundwater / drinking water, pathogens, litter, erosion, and scarcity of trees. Please take a moment and complete our survey - we need you input! With your participation, we will work collaboratively with the Cane Run Watershed Council to develop a watershed-based plan to guide implementation of water quality best management practices (BMPs) and to plan education and outreach activities.