401 KAR 10:030. Antidegradation policy implementation methodology

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/401/010/030.htm
Published: 2015

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      401 KAR 10:030. Antidegradation policy

implementation methodology.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 146.200-146.360,

146.410-146.535, 146.550-146.570, 146.600-146.619, 146.990, 176.430,

224.01-010, 224.01-400, 224.16-050, 224.16-070, 224.70-100-224.70-140,

224.71-100-224.71-145, 224.73-100-224.73-120, 30 U.S.C. 1201 -1328

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 146.220,

146.241, 146.270, 146.410, 146.450, 146.460, 146.465, 224.10-100, 224.16-050,

224.16-060, 224.70-100, 224.70-110, 40 C.F.R. 130, 131, 16 U.S.C. 1271-1287,

1531-1544, 33 U.S.C. 1311, 1313, 1314, 1315, 1316, 1341, 1342, 1344

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS

224.10-100 requires the cabinet to develop and conduct a comprehensive program

for the management of water resources and to provide for the prevention, abatement,

and control of all water pollution. KRS 224.70-100 declares that the policy of

the commonwealth is to conserve its waters for legitimate uses, safeguard from

pollution the uncontaminated waters of the commonwealth, prevent the creation

of any new pollution in the waters of the commonwealth, and abate any existing

pollution. This administrative regulation and 401 KAR 10:001, 10:026, 10:029,

and 10:031 establish procedures to protect the surface waters of the Commonwealth,

and thus protect water resources. This administrative regulation establishes a

methodology to implement the antidegradation policy contained in 401 KAR 10:029

by establishing procedures to control water pollution in waters affected by

that policy.

 

      Section 1. Categorization and Implementation.

These antidegradation procedures shall not preempt the power or authority of a

local government to provide by ordinance for a higher level of protection

through antidegradation implementation for a discharger located within that

local government's jurisdiction to a surface water of the commonwealth. The

following procedures shall govern implementation of the antidegradation policy

of 401 KAR 10:029, Section 1, for a point source discharge. Surface waters

shall be placed into one (1) of four (4) categories listed in this section and

each category shall have implementation procedures as follows:

      (1) Outstanding national resource water.

Surface waters of the commonwealth categorized as outstanding national resource

waters are listed in Table 1 of this subsection.



Table 1

SURFACE WATERS

CATEGORIZED AS OUTSTANDING NATIONAL RESOURCE WATER







Stream





Segment





River Miles





County







Red River





Upstream to Island off SR 1067 to Downstream

Wild River Boundary at SR 746





49.2 to

68.6





Menifee/Wolfe







Underground River System





Within Mammoth Cave National Park Boundary





 





Edmonson/

Hart/Barren







 South Fork of Cumberland River





Downstream Wild River Boundary to Tennessee State

line





44.3 to 54.8





McCreary







Surface Waters within Reelfoot Lake National

Wildlife Refuge





Reelfoot Lake National Wildlife Refuge Proclamation

Boundary in Kentucky





2040 Acres





Fulton







War Fork of Station Camp Creek





Basin above South Fork of Station Camp Creek

to Steer Fork





0.0 to 13.8





Jackson







Marsh Creek





Mouth to 1.9 miles upstream of Kentucky 478





0.0 to 15.0





McCreary







Rock Creek





State border to White Oak Creek





4.1 to 21.9





McCreary







Rockcastle River





Lower end of Narrows to 0.2 miles downstream

of Kentucky 80 bridge





8.95 to 22.4





Laurel/Pulaski





 



      (a) Categorization criteria. A surface

water shall be categorized as an outstanding national resource water if:

      1. The surface water meets, at a minimum,

the requirements for an outstanding state resource water as provided in 401 KAR

10:031, Section 8; and

      2. The surface water demonstrates

national ecological or recreational significance.

      (b) Implementation procedure.

      1. Water quality shall be maintained and

protected in an outstanding national resource water.

      2. A new discharger or expanded discharge

that may result in permanent or long-term changes in water quality shall be

prohibited.

      3. The cabinet may approve temporary or

short-term changes in water quality if the changes to the outstanding national

resource water do not have a demonstrable impact on the ability of the water to

support the designated uses.

      (2) Exceptional water. Surface waters of

the commonwealth categorized as an exceptional water are listed in Table 2 of

this subsection.



Table 2

SURFACE WATERS CATEGORIZED AS EXCEPTIONAL WATER







Stream





Segment





River Miles





County







BIG SANDY RIVER BASIN







Hobbs Fork of Pigeonroost Fork of Wolf Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.9





Martin







Lower Pigeon Branch of Elkhorn Creek*





Left Fork to Headwaters





0.6-1.9





Pike







Russell Fork of Levisa Fork of Big Sandy

River*





Clinch Field RR Yard off HWY 80 to Virginia

State Line





15.0-16.5





Pike







Toms Branch of Elkhorn Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.6





Pike







Unidentified Tributary of Hobbs Fork*





Hobbs Fork of Pigeonroost Fork to Headwaters





0.0-0.6





Martin







LITTLE SANDY RIVER

BASIN







Arabs Fork of Big Sinking Creek*





Clay Fork to Headwaters





0.0-5.1





Elliott







Big Caney Creek*





Grayson Lake to Headwaters





1.8-15.3





Elliott, Rowan







Big Sinking Creek of Little Sandy River*





SR 986 to Clay Fork and Arab Fork





6.1-15.8





Carter, Elliott







Meadow Branch of Little Fork of Little Sandy

River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.4





Elliott







Middle Fork of Little Sandy River*





Mouth to Sheepskin Branch





0.0-3.4





Elliott







Nichols Fork of Little Fork of Little Sandy

River*





Green Branch to Headwaters





0.0-2.0





Elliott







Laurel Creek of Little Sandy River*





Carter School Rd Bridge to Headwaters





7.6-14.7





Elliott, Rowan







LICKING RIVER BASIN







Blackwater Creek of Licking River*





Eaton Creek to Greasy Fork





3.8-11.7





Morgan







Blanket Creek of Licking River





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-1.9





Pendleton







Botts Fork of Brushy Fork of Licking River*





Mouth to Landuse Change





0.0-2.1





Menifee







Bowman Creek of Licking River





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-6.0





Kenton







Brushy Fork of Meyers Creek*





Cave Run Lake Backwaters to Headwaters





0.7-5.6





Menifee







Brushy Fork of South Fork of Grassy Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-5.8





Pendleton







Bucket Branch of North Fork of Licking River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.9





Morgan







Cedar Creek of Licking River





Mouth to North Branch of Cedar Creek





0.0-1.7





Robertson







Craney Creek of Licking River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-11.2





Morgan, Rowan







Devils Fork of North Fork of Licking River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-8.5





Elliott, Morgan







Flour Creek of Licking River





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-2.2





Pendleton







Grovers Creek of Kincaid Creek*





Kincaid Lake Backwaters to Unidentified

Tributary





0.5-3.4





Bracken, Pendleton







Licking River





SR 211 to unnamed Rd off Slatey Point Rd





159.5-170.6





Bath, Rowan







North Fork of Licking River*





Cave Run Lake Backwaters to Devils Fork





8.4-13.4





Morgan







Sawyers Fork of Cruises Creek





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.3





Kenton







Slabcamp Creek of Craney Creek of Licking

River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.7





Rowan







Slate Creek of Licking River





Mouth to Mill Creek





0.0-13.6





Bath







South Fork Grassy Creek of Grassy Creek of

Licking River*





Mouth to Greasy Creek





0.0-19.8





Kenton, Pendleton







Unidentified Tributary of Shannon Creek of

North Fork of Licking River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.2





Mason







Welch Fork of Brushy Fork of Licking River*





Mouth to First Road Crossing





0.0-1.0





Menifee







West Creek of Licking River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-9.8





Harrison, Robertson







KENTUCKY RIVER BASIN







Backbone Creek of Sixmile Creek of Kentucky

River*





Mouth to Scrabble Creek





0.0-1.65

 





Franklin, Henry, Shelby







Bear Branch of North Fork of Kentucky River





Above Sediment Pond to Headwaters





0.3-1.2





Perry







Big Double Creek of Red Bird River*





Mouth to confluence of Left and Right Forks

of Big Double Creek





0.0-4.4





Clay







Bill Branch of Laurel Fork of Greasy Creek*





Mouth to Right Fork and Left Fork Creek





0.0-0.3





Leslie







Billey Fork of Millers Creek





Land Use Change to Headwaters





2.6-8.8





Lee, Elliott







Boyd Run of North Elkhorn Creek





Mouth to Cherry Run





0.0-0.9





Scott







Bill Oak Branch of Left Fork of Buffalo Creek





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.6





Owsley







Buffalo Creek of South Fork of Kentucky River*





Mouth to Right Fork and Left Fork





0.0-1.6





Owsley







Cavanaugh Creek*





South Fork of Station Camp Creek to Foxtown

Rd





0.0-8.3





Jackson







Chester Creek of Middle Fork of Red River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.8





Wolfe







Clear Creek of Kentucky River*





Mouth to East Fork Clear Creek





0.0-9.0





Woodford







Clemons Fork of Buckhorn Creek*





 Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-4.8





Breathitt







Coles Fork of Buckhorn Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-6.2





Breathitt







Craig Creek of Kentucky River*





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.5-2.7





Woodford







Deep Ford Branch of Cutshin Creek





Above Pond to Headwaters





0.3-1.3





Leslie







Drennon Creek of Kentucky River*





Fivemile Creek to Town Branch





8.7-12.2





Henry







East Fork of Indian Creek of Indian Creek of

Red River*





West Fork of Indian Creek to Headwaters





0.0-9.0





Menifee







Elisha Creek of Red Bird River*





Land Use Change (Residential) to the

confluence of Right Fork and Middle Fork Elisha Creek





0.8-1.8





Leslie







Emily Run of Drennon Creek





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-4.0





Henry







Evans Fork of Billey Fork of Millers Creek *





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.0





Estill







Falling Rock Branch of Clemons Fork of

Buckhorn Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.7





Breathitt







Gilberts Creek of Kentucky River





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0 to 2.6





Anderson







Gladie Creek of Red River*





Land Use Change to Long Branch





0.35 to 7.3





Menifee







Goose Creek of South Fork of Kentucky River





Mouth to Laurel Creek





0.0-9.1





Clay, Leslie







Griers Creek of Kentucky River*





Kentucky River Backwaters to Unidentified

Tributary





0.1 to 3.5





Woodford







Grindstone Creek of Kentucky River*





Kentucky River Backwaters to Headwaters





0.1 to 1.9





Franklin







Hardwick Creek of Red River





Mouth to Little Hardwick Creek





0.0-3.25





Powell







Hell For Certain of Middle Fork of Red River





Mouth to Big Fork





0.0-2.1





Leslie







Hines Creek of Kentucky River*





Kentucky River Backwaters to confluence with

Unidentified Tributary





0.1 to 1.9





Madison







Honey Branch of Greasy Creek of Middle Fork

of Kentucky River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.35





Leslie







Hopper Cave Branch of Cavanaugh Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.8





Jackson







Indian Creek of Eagle Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0 to 5.4





Carroll







Indian Fork of Sixmile Creek of Kentucky

River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.3





Shelby







John Carpenter Fork of Clemons Fork of

Buckhorn Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.2





Breathitt







Katies Creek of Red Bird River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-4.0





Clay







Laurel Fork of Left Fork Buffalo Creek of

Buffalo Creek*





Cortland Fork to Big Branch





0.0-3.75





Owsley







Left Fork of Big Double Creek of Kentucky

River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.5





Clay







Line Fork of North Fork of Kentucky River*





Defeated Creek to Headwaters





12.2-28.6





Letcher







Little Middle Fork of Elisha Creek of Red

Bird River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.75





Clay







Little Millseat Branch of Clemons Fork of Buckhorn

Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.2





Breathitt







Little Sixmile Creek of Sixmile Creek of

Kentucky River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-5.3





Henry







Lower Howard Creek of Kentucky River





Mouth to West Fork





0.0-2.7





Clark







Lulbegrud Creek of Red River





Mouth to Falls Branch





0.0-7.3





Clark, Powell







Middle Fork of Kentucky River





Mouth to Upper Twin Creek





0.0-12.7





Lee, Owsley







Middle Fork of Kentucky River*





Hurts Creek to Greasy Creek





75.6-85.8





Leslie







Middle Fork of Red River





South Fork of Red River to Natural Bridge

State Park Lake





1.8-7.2





Powell







Mikes Branch of Laurel Fork of Left Fork of

Buffalo Creek





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.7





Owsley







Mill Creek of Kentucky River*





Upstream of Mouth to Headwaters





0.5-8.3





Owen







Millseat Branch of Clemons Fork of Buckhorn

Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.85





Breathitt







Muddy Creek of Kentucky River*





Elliston, Kentucky to Viney Creek





13.8-20.65





Madison







Musselman Creek of Eagle Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-9.0





Grant







Red Bird River of South Fork of Kentucky

River





Mouth to Big Creek





0.0-15.3





Clay







Right Fork of Buffalo Creek of Kentucky River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-11.75





Owsley







Right Fork of Elisha Creek of Redbird River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.3





Leslie







Roaring Fork of Lewis Fork of Buckhorn Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.9





Breathitt







Rock Lick Creek of South Fork of Station Camp

Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-9.6





Jackson







Sand Ripple Creek of Kentucky River*





Kentucky River Backwaters to Headwaters





0.1-3.9





Henry







Severn Creek of Kentucky River*





Kentucky River Backwaters to North Fork of

Severn Creek





1.35-3.0





Owen







Shaker Creek of Kentucky River





Near Mouth to Shawnee Run





0.1-1.4





Mercer







Shelly Rock Fork of Millseat Branch of

Clemons Fork*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.6





Breathitt







Sixmile Creek of Kentucky River*





Little Sixmile Creek to Dam





7.1-15.3





Henry







South Fork of Kentucky River





Mouth to Sexton Creek





0.0-27.8





Owsley







South Fork of Red River





Mouth to Sandlick Fork





0.0-4.2





Powell







South Fork of Station Camp Creek of Kentucky

River*





Mouth to Rock Lick Creek





0.0-9.7





Jackson







Spruce Branch of Redbird River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.0





Clay







Station Camp Creek of Kentucky River*





Landuse Change to South Fork of Station Camp

Creek





18.0-22.8





Estill







Steeles Run of Elkhorn Creek





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-4.2





Fayette







Steer Fork of War Fork of Station Camp Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.7





Jackson







Sturgeon Creek of Kentucky River*





Duck Fork to Little Sturgeon Creek





1.3-13.7





Lee, Owsley







Sugar Creek of Redbird River*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





0.6-5.4





Leslie







Sulphur Lick Creek of Elkhorn Creek





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-5.2





Franklin







Unidentified Tributary of Cawood Branch of

Beech Fork*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.1





Leslie







Unidentified Tributary of Cedar Creek of

Kentucky River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.4





Owen







Unidentified Tributary of Glenns Creek of

Kentucky River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0 to 1.9





Woodford







Unidentified Tributary of Jacks Creek of

Kentucky River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.15





Madison







Unidentified Tributary of Kentucky River*





Land Use Change to Headwaters





0.1-1.4





Franklin







Unidentified Tributary of Line Fork of North

Fork of Kentucky River* (LCW)





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-0.6





Letcher







War Fork of Station Camp Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-13.8





Jackson







Watches Fork of Laurel Fork of Left Fork of

Buffalo Creek





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.0





Owsley







Wolfpen Creek of Red River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.6





Menifee







SALT RIVER BASIN







Brashears Creek of Salt River





Guist Creek to Bullskin and Clear Creek





13.0-25.9





Shelby, Spencer







Cedar Creek of Salt River*





Mouth to Greens Branch





0.0-5.2





Bullitt







Chaplin River of Salt River*





Thompson Creek to Cornishville, KY





40.9-54.2





Washington







Doctors Fork of Chaplin River





Mouth to Begley Branch





0.0-3.8





Boyle







Guist Creek of Brashears Creek





Mouth to Jeptha Creek





0.0-15.7





Spencer







Harts Run of Wilson Creek of Rolling Fork of

Salt River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.8





Bullitt







Indian Creek of Thompson Creek of Chaplin

River of Salt River





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-0.9





Mercer







Lick Creek of Long Lick Creek of Beech Fork of

Salt River*





Mouth to 0.1miles below Dam





0.0-4.1





Washington







Otter Creek of Rolling Fork of Salt River*





Landuse Change to confluence of East Fork and

Middle Fork Otter Creek





1.7-2.9





Larue







Overalls Creek of Wilson Creek of Rolling

Fork of Salt River*





Mouth to Headwaters of Middle Fork of

Overalls Creek





0.0-3.2





Bullitt







Salt Lick Creek of Rolling Fork of Salt River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-8.6





Larue, Marion







Sulphur Creek of Chaplin River*





Mouth to confluence of Cheese Lick and Brush

Creek





0.0-10.0





Anderson, Mercer, Washington







Unidentified Tributary of Glens Creek of

Chaplin River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.3





Washington







West Fork of Otter Creek of Rolling Fork of

Salt River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-5.1





Larue







Wilson Creek of Rolling Fork of Salt River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-18.4





Bullitt, Nelson







GREEN RIVER BASIN







Beaverdam Creek of Green River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-14.5





Edmonson







Big Brush Creek of Green River





Brush Creek to Poplar Grove Branch





13.0-17.3





Green







Cane Run of Nolin River*





Nolin River Lake Backwaters to Headwaters





0.8-6.5





Hart







Caney Fork of Peter Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-6.7





Barren







Clifty Creek of Rough River*





Barton Run to Western Kentucky Parkway





7.3-17.2





Grayson







Clifty Creek of Wolf Lick Creek*





Little Clifty Creek to Sulphur Lick





7.6-13.4





Todd







East Fork of Little Barren River*





Red Lick Creek to Flat Creek





18.9-20.7





Metcalfe







Elk Lick Creek





Duck Lick Creek to Barren Fork Creek and Edger

Creek





3.6 to 11.8





Allen







Ellis Fork of Damron Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.2





Adair, Russell







Falling Timber Creek of Skaggs Creek*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





10.8-15.2





Barren, Metcalfe







Fiddlers Creek of North Fork of Rough River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-5.9





Breckinridge







Forbes Creek of Buck Creek of East Fork of

Pond River*





Mouth to Unidentified Tributary





0.0-4.1





Christian







Gasper River of Barren River*





Clear Fork to Wiggington Creek





17.2-35.6





Logan, Warren







Goose Creek of Green River*





Mouth to Little Goose Creek





0.0-8.5





Casey, Russell







Green River





Downstream Mammoth Cave National Park Boundary

to Lynn Camp Creek





185.0-250.3





Edmonson, Hart







Halls Creek of Rough River*





Unidentified Tributary to Headwaters





7.15-9.6





Ohio







Lick Creek of West Fork of Drakes Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-10.2





Simpson







Linders Creek of Rough River*





Mouth to Sutzer Creek





0.0-7.9





Hardin







Little Beaverdam Creek of Green River*





Mouth to SR 743





0.0-11.65





Edmonson, Warren







Little Short Creek of Rough River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.1





Grayson







Lynn Camp Creek of Green River*





Mouth to Lindy Creek





0.0-8.5





Hart







McFarland Creek of West Fork of Pond River*





Grays Branch to Unidentified Tributary





1.5-5.0





Christian







Meeting Creek of Rough River*





Little Meeting Creek to Petty Branch





5.2-14.0





Grayson, Hardin







Muddy Creek of Caney Creek of Rough River*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





13.0-15.5





Ohio







North Fork of Rough River*





Buffalo Creek to Reservoir Dam





22.1-26.9





Breckinridge







Peter Creek of Barren River*





Caney Fork to Dry Fork





11.6-18.5





Barren







Pond Run of Rough River*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





1.4-6.8





Breckinridge, Ohio







Puncheon Creek





Mouth to Tennessee State Line





0.0-3.8





Logan







Rough River*





Linders Creek to Vertrees Creek





138.0-149.4





Hardin







Russell Creek of Green River*





Mouth to Columbia WWTP





0.0-40.0





Green, Adair







Russell Creek of Green River*





Reynolds Creek to confluence with Hudson

Creek and Mount Olive Creek





56.9-66.3





Adair, Russell







Sixes Creek of Indian Camp Creek*





Wild Branch to Headwaters





2.0-7.5





Ohio







Sulphur Branch of Alexander Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.0





Edmonson







Thompson Branch of West Fork of Drakes Creek





Webb Branch to Tennessee State Line





0.3-1.5





Simpson







Trammel Creek of Drakes Creek*





Mouth to Tennessee State Line





0.0-30.6





Allen, Warren







Unidentified Tributary of Green River*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





1.7-3.2





Adair







Unidentified Tributary of White Oak Creek*





Hovious Rd Crossing to SR 76





0.4-2.9





Adair







West Fork of Pond River*





Unidentified Tributary to East Branch of Pond

River





12.45-22.5





Christian







LOWER CUMBERLAND RIVER

BASIN







Crooked Creek of Cumberland River*





Energy Lake Backwaters to Headwaters





3.0-9.4





Trigg







Donaldson Creek of Cumberland River*





Craig Branch to Unidentified Tributary





3.2-7.2





Trigg







Elk Fork of Red River of Cumberland River*





Tennessee State Line to Dry Branch





7.5-23.1





Todd







Sugar Creek of Cumberland River*





Lick Creek to Unidentified Tributary





2.2-6.9





Livingston







West Fork of Red River of Cumberland River*





Tennessee State Line to Montgomery Creek





16.1-26.5





Christian







Whippoorwill Creek of Red River of Cumberland

River*





Mouth to Vicks Branch





0.0-13.2





Logan







TENNESSEE RIVER BASIN







Blood River of Kentucky Lake (Tennessee

River)*





McCullough Fork to Tennessee State Line





15.15-18.7

 





Calloway







Clarks River of Tennessee River





Persimmon Slough to Middle Fork Creek





28.7-30.7





Marshall







Grindstone Creek of Kentucky Lake (Blood

River of Tennessee River)*





Kentucky Lake Backwaters to Headwaters





0.7-2.9





Calloway







Panther Creek of Kentucky Lake (Blood River

of Tennessee River)*





Kentucky Lake Backwaters to Headwaters





0.5-5.7





Calloway







Soldier Creek of West Fork of Clarks River*





Mouth to South Fork of Soldier Creek





0.0-5.7





Marshall







Sugar Creek of Kentucky Lake (Tennessee

River)*





Kentucky Lake Backwaters to Buzzard Roost

Road





2.5-3.2





Calloway







Sugar Creek of West Fork Clarks River*





Mouth to Unnamed Reservoir





0.0-3.9





Graves







Trace Creek of West Fork of Clarks River*





Mouth to Neeley Branch





0.0-3.35





Graves







Unidentified Tributary of Unidentified

Tributary of Panther Creek of West Fork of Clarks River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.7





Graves







West Fork of Clarks River*





Soldier Creek to Duncan Creek





20.1-23.5





Graves







Wildcat Creek of Kentucky Lake (Blood River

of Tennessee River)*





Ralph Wright Road Crossing to Headwaters





2.8-6.8





Calloway







TRADEWATER RIVER BASIN







East Fork of Flynn Fork of Tradewater River*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





2.15-4.6





Caldwell







Piney Creek of Tradewater River*





Lake Beshear Backwaters to Headwaters





4.5-10.2





Caldwell, Christian







Sandlick Creek of Tradewater River*





Camp Creek to Headwaters





4.5-8.6





Christian







Tradewater River*





Dripping Springs Branch to Buntin Lake Dam





126.2-133.9





Christian







Unidentified Tributary of Piney Creek of

Tradewater River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.9





Caldwell







Unidentified Tributary of Sandlick Creek of

Tradewater River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.4





Christian







OHIO RIVER BASIN

(Minor Tributaries)







Crooked Creek*





Rush Creek to City Lake Dam





18.1-26.4





Crittenden







Double Lick Creek of Woolper Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.5





Boone







Garrison Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-4.85





Boone







Kinniconick Creek*





McDowell Creek to Headwaters





5.2-50.9





Lewis







Little South Fork of Big South Fork





Land Use Change to Headwaters





1.2-5.8





Boone







Middle Fork of Massac Creek*





Hines Road to Headwaters (Pond)





3.1-6.4





McCracken







Second Creek*





Ohio River Backwaters to Headwaters





0.4-2.9





Boone







Unidentified Tributary of Big Sugar Creek*





I-71 to Headwaters





1.0-1.8





Gallatin







Unidentified Tributary of Corn Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.3





Trimble







Unidentified Tributary of Massac Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.7





McCracken







West Fork of Massac Creek*





SR 724 to Little Massac Creek





3.6-6.2





McCracken







Yellowbank Creek*





Ohio River Backwaters to Headwaters





2.0-12.0





Breckinridge







LAKE







Metropolis





Entire Lake





 





McCracken







MISSISSIPPI RIVER

BASIN

(Main Stem and Minor

Tributaries)







Jackson Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.0





Graves







Obion Creek*





Hurricane Creek to Little Creek





26.7-37.1





Hickman







Terrapin Creek*





Tennessee State Line to Confluence of East

and West Forks





2.7-6.0





Graves







LAKES







Murphy's Pond





Entire Pond and Preserve Area





 





Hickman







Swan





Entire Lake





 





Ballard







UPPER CUMBERLAND RIVER

BASIN







Bad Branch of Poor Fork of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-3.0





Letcher







Bark Camp Creek of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Martins Fork





0.0-4.0





Whitley







Beaver Creek of Cumberland River*





Lake Cumberland Backwaters to confluence of

Freeman Fork and Middle Fork





2.4-7.1





McCreary







Bee Lick Creek of Brushy Creek of Buck Creek





Mouth to Warren Branch





0.0-5.7





Pulaski







Brownies Creek of Cumberland River*





Blacksnake Branch to Headwaters





9.3-16.75





Bell, Harlan







Brush Creek of Roundstone Creek *





Wolf Creek to Reemergence of Sinking Creek





1.1-7.6





Rockcastle







Brushy Creek of Buck Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-16.5





Pulaski







Buck Creek of Cumberland River*





0.8 river mile upstream of confluence of

Hurricane Creek to Lake Cumberland Backwaters





11.7-55.0





Lincoln, Pulaski







Bunches Creek of Cumberland River*





Mouth to confluence of Amos Falls Branch and

Seminary Branch





0.0-3.3





Whitley







Cane Creek of Rockcastle River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-11.85





Laurel







Clifty Creek of Brushy Creek of Buck Creek





Mouth to Rocky Branch





0.0-2.7





Pulaski







Cogur Fork of Indian Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-7.95





McCreary







Cumberland River





Wild River Boundaries





549.65-566.1





McCreary, Whitley







Dog Slaughter Creek of Cumberland River*





Mouth to confluence of North Fork and South

Fork of Dog Slaughter Creek





0.05-1.15





Whitley







Eagle Creek of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.05-6.75





McCreary







Fugitt Creek of Clover Fork of Cumberland

River*





Landuse Change to Headwaters





0.5-4.6





Harlan







Horse Lick Creek of Rockcastle River*





Mouth to Clover Bottom





0.0-12.3





Jackson, Rockcastle







Howards Creek of Illwill Creek of Wolf River*





Dale Hollow Reservoir Backwaters to

Headwaters





0.6-4.6





Clinton







Indian Creek of Cumberland River*





Laurel Fork to Barren Fork





2.4-6.8





McCreary







Jackie Branch of Bark Camp Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.65





Whitley







Kilburn Fork of Indian Creek





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-7.2





McCreary







Laurel Creek of Marsh Creek





Mouth to Laurel Creek Dam





0.0-9.0





McCreary







Laurel Fork of Clear Fork of Cumberland River*





Tennessee State Line to Tiny Branch





4.3-13.1





Whitley







Laurel Fork of Middle Fork of Rockcastle

River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-12.3





Jackson







Left Fork of Fugitt Creek of Clover Fork of

Cumberland River





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.5





Harlan







Little South Fork of Cumberland River*





Lake Cumberland Backwaters to Langham Branch





4.4-35.5





McCreary, Wayne







Marsh Creek of Cumberland River*





Laurel Creek to Kentucky/Tennessee State Line





8.8-26.5





McCreary







Martins Fork of Cumberland River





Rough Branch to Headwaters





27.2-32.7





Harlan







McFarland Creek of Cumberland River





Little McFarland Creek to Spring Branch





0.8-6.2





Monroe







Meshack Creek of Cumberland River





Mouth to Pitcock Branch





0.0-2.8





Monroe







Middle Fork of Rockcastle River*





Mouth to confluence of Indian Creek and

Laurel Fork





0.0-7.9





Jackson







Mud Camp Creek of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Collins Branch





0.0-1.2





Cumberland







Mud Camp Creek of Cumberland River*





Unidentified Tributary to Headwaters





3.8-8.8





Cumberland, Monroe







Otter Creek of Cumberland River





Lake Cumberland Backwaters to Carpenter Fork





14.0-22.1





Wayne







Poor Fork of Cumberland River*





Franks Creek to Headwaters





42.1-52.4





Letcher







Presley House Branch of Poor Fork of

Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.5





Letcher







Puncheoncamp Branch of Rock Creek of South

Fork of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.85





McCreary







Rock Creek of South Fork of Cumberland River*





White Oak Creek to Tennessee State Line





4.0-21.5





McCreary







Rockcastle River





Wild River Boundaries





8.95-54.7





Laurel, Pulaski







Shillalah Creek of Clear Fork of Yellow Creek*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-5.5





Bell







Sinking Creek of Rockcastle River*





Mouth to White Oak Creek





0.0-9.9





Laurel







Sulphur Creek of Wolf River of Obey River*





Dale Hollow Reservoir Backwaters to

Headwaters





1.7-5.1





Clinton







South Fork of Dog Slaughter Creek of

Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-4.6





Whitley







South Fork of Rockcastle River





Mouth to White Oak Creek





0.0-5.8





Laurel







Unidentified Tributary (across from Hemlock

Grove) of Rock Creek of South Fork of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.3





McCreary







Unidentified Tributary (RMI 17.0 of Rock

Creek) of Rock Creek of South Fork of Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-1.2





McCreary







Watts Branch of Rock Creek of South Fork of

Cumberland River*





Mouth to Headwaters





0.0-2.6





McCreary







Watts Creek of Cumberland River*





Camp Blanton Reservoir to Headwaters





2.4-4.4





Harlan



















*Waterbodies in the cabinet’s reference reach

network

      (a) Categorization criteria. A surface

water shall be categorized as an exceptional water if any of the following

criteria are met:

      1. Surface water is designated as a

Kentucky Wild River and is not categorized as an outstanding national resource

water;

      2. Surface water is designated as an

outstanding state resource water as established in 401 KAR 10:031, Section

8(1)(a)1, 2, and 3 and Section 8(1)(b);

      3. Surface water contains either of the

following:

      a. A fish community that is rated

"excellent" by the use of the Index of Biotic Integrity included in

Development and Application of the Kentucky Index of Biotic Integrity (KIBI),

2003; or

      b. A macroinvertebrate community that is

rated "excellent" by the Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Index

included in "The Kentucky Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Index,"

2003; or

      4. Surface water in the cabinet's

reference reach network.

      (b) Implementation procedure. The

implementation procedure for exceptional water shall be as established in

subsection (3)(b) of this section.

      (3) High quality water.

      (a) Categorization criteria.

      1. A surface water shall be categorized

as high quality water if the surface water is not listed as an outstanding

national resource water or an exceptional water in Table 1 or 2 of this section

and if the surface water does not meet the criteria for impaired water as

provided for in subsection 4(a) of this section.

      2. A surface water shall be categorized

as a high quality water if the surface water is listed as an outstanding state

resource water in 401 KAR 10:026 and is not listed as an outstanding national

resource water in Table 1 or an exceptional water in Table 2 of this section.

      (b) Implementation procedure. A KPDES permit

application for a new or expanded discharge into a high quality or exceptional

water shall be subject to the provisions of this paragraph. Existing instream

water uses and the level of water quality necessary to protect the existing

uses shall be maintained and protected.

      1. The activities identified in this

subparagraph shall not be subject to the antidegradation implementation

procedures in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

      a. The renewal of a KPDES permit that

does not authorize pollutant loading to the receiving stream in excess of that

previously authorized;

      b. An increase in pollutant loading

within the limits previously approved by the KPDES permit; or

      c. A new or expanded discharge that the

applicant demonstrates shall not consume more than ten (10) percent of the

available assimilative capacity of the receiving stream outside of a designated

mixing zone or zone of initial dilution for each new or increased pollutant in

the discharge. The cumulative impact of this category of discharges shall not

consume more than ten (10) percent of the available assimilative capacity of

the receiving stream outside of a designated mixing zone or zone of initial dilution.

      2. The activities identified in clauses

a. through d. of this subparagraph shall constitute compliance with the

alternatives and socioeconomic analysis requirements if addressed in the manner

established in this subparagraph rather than as established in subparagraph 3.

of this paragraph, unless the permittee chooses to satisfy applicable

antidegradation requirements pursuant to subparagraph 3. of this paragraph.

      a. A general permit issued pursuant to

401 KAR 5:050 through 5:080.

      (i) The cabinet may, upon receipt of a

notice of intent to be covered under a general permit, require additional

analyses or other information if necessary to comply with antidegradation requirements.

      (ii) If the activity permitted by the

general permit may result in a lowering of water quality, the cabinet shall

describe in the Fact Sheet how the general permit complies with the

alternatives analysis and socioeconomic demonstration requirements of subparagraph

3.a. and b. of this paragraph upon each general permit issuance.

      (iii) If the requirements and conditions

in a general permit will prevent a lowering of water quality, the cabinet shall

describe in the Fact Sheet that the general permit complies with the antidegradation

policy established in 401 KAR 10:029, Section 1.

      (iv) The public shall be notified of an

activity granted coverage under a general permit on the cabinet’s Web page,

which shall include the facility name, location, and receiving water.

      b. The approval of a POTW’s regional

facility plan pursuant to 401 KAR 5:006 shall constitute compliance with the

alternatives analysis and socioeconomic demonstration for a regional facility.

      c. A new or expanded discharge associated

with a project identified in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s six (6) year

road plan, as established in KRS 176.430.

      (i) The alternatives analysis for

lowering water quality requirement shall be satisfied if an alternatives

analysis for the project has been submitted.

      (ii) The socioeconomic demonstration

shall be satisfied if the project has been approved by the General Assembly and

included in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s six (6) year road plan and

evaluated pursuant to the provisions of KRS 176.430(4)(i).

      (iii) An antidegradation review shall not

be required for maintenance of existing highway facilities.

      d. An individual MS4 permit issued

pursuant to 401 KAR 5:050 through 5:080.

      (i) If the activity permitted by the MS4

permit may result in a lowering of water quality, the cabinet shall describe in

the Fact Sheet how the MS4 permit complies with the alternatives analysis and

socioeconomic demonstration requirements of subparagraph 3.a. and b. of this

paragraph.

      (ii) If the requirements and conditions

in the MS4 permit will prevent a lowering of water quality, the cabinet shall

describe in the Fact Sheet that the MS4 Permit complies with the antidegradation

policy established in 401 KAR 10:029, Section 1.

      3. An application for a KPDES permit

subject to this paragraph shall contain information demonstrating that the

lowering of water quality is necessary to accommodate important economic or

social development in the area in which the water is located.

      a. The socioeconomic demonstration shall

consider the following factors:

      (i) The boundaries of the affected

community;

      (ii) The potential effect on employment,

including a comparison of local unemployment rates and state and national unemployment

rates;

      (iii) The potential effect on median

household income levels, including a comparison of the present median household

income level, projected median household income level, and number of households

affected in the defined community;

      (iv) The potential effect on tax

revenues, including current tax revenues in the affected community compared to

projected increase in tax revenues generated by the permitted project;

      (v) The potential effect of the facility

on the environment and public health; and

      (vi) Other potential economic or social

effect to the community that the applicant includes in the application.

      b. The alternatives analysis shall

consider the following factors:

      (i) Pollution prevention measures, such

as changes in plant processes, source reductions, or substitution with less

toxic substances;

      (ii) The use of best management practices

to minimize impacts;

      (iii) Recycle or reuse of wastewater, waste

by-products, or production materials and fluids;

      (iv) Application of water conservation

methods;

      (v) Alternative or enhanced treatment

technology;

      (vi) Improved operation and maintenance

of existing treatment systems;

      (vii) Seasonal or controlled discharge

options;

      (viii) Land application or infiltration

to capture pollutants and reduce surface runoff, on-site treatment, or

alternative discharge locations; and

      (ix) Discharge to other treatment

facilities.

      c. Information required pursuant to this

subparagraph shall be submitted on the Socioeconomic Demonstration and

Alternatives Analysis form.

      4. A permit applicant who has failed to

demonstrate the necessity and social or economic development importance for lowering

water quality shall not receive a permit unless:

      a. The applicant demonstrates, through a

revised submission, the necessity for lowering revised water quality in

accordance with subparagraph 3. of this paragraph; or

      b. The applicant demonstrates that the

discharge can meet the requirements established in subparagraph 1.c. of this

paragraph.

      5. A permit applicant who demonstrates

the necessity and social or economic development importance for lowering water

quality shall meet the requirements of the KPDES program, 401 KAR 5:050 through

5:080.

      6. The cabinet’s determination shall be

documented in the permit Fact Sheet and included in the administrative record

for the permit or action.

      (4) Impaired water.

      (a) Categorization criteria. A surface

water categorized as impaired for applicable designated uses shall be a water

identified pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 1315(b).

      1. Surface water categorized as impaired

shall be assessed by the cabinet as not fully supporting any applicable

designated uses.

      2. A surface water shall not be

categorized as impaired water if the surface water is listed as an outstanding

state resource water in 401 KAR 10:026.

      3. A surface water shall not be

categorized as impaired for the purposes of this administrative regulation if

the surface water is listed only as mercury impaired for fish consumption.

      (b) Implementation procedure.

      1. All existing uses shall be protected

and the level of water quality necessary to protect those existing uses shall

be assured in impaired water.

      2. The process to allow a discharge into an

impaired water and to assure protection of the water shall be regulated by the

requirements in the Kentucky Pollution Discharge Elimination System Program,

401 KAR 5:050-5:080.

 

      Section 2. Procedure for Recategorizing

Water. This section shall apply to the recategorization of surface water to

outstanding national resource water and exceptional water. The redesignation of

water to outstanding state resource water shall be governed by the procedures

in 401 KAR 10:026.

      (1) The cabinet may propose to recategorize

certain water to outstanding national resource water and exceptional water if

the water meets the criteria set forth in Section 1(1)(a) or (2)(a) of this

administrative regulation.

      (a) If the cabinet proposes to

recategorize these waters, it shall provide notice and an opportunity for

public hearing.

      (b) The cabinet shall provide the

documentation requirements of this section for those surface waters it proposes

to recategorize.

      (2) A person may request recategorization

of a surface water to an outstanding national resource water or exceptional

water by filing a petition with the cabinet.

      (a) The petition shall include the name

and address of the petitioner and the information and documentation necessary

to recategorize the particular water as required by subsection (4) of this section.

      (b) The petitioner shall have the burden

of proof that the recategorization is appropriate.

      (c) The cabinet shall provide notice of

the petition and an opportunity for a public hearing.

      (d) The cabinet shall review the

petition, supporting documentation, and any comments received from the public

to determine if the proposed water qualifies for recategorization.

      (e) The cabinet shall document the

determination to grant or deny recategorization as a result of a petition, and

shall provide a copy of the decision to the petitioner and other interested

parties.

      (3) If a water is to be recategorized,

the cabinet shall publish notice of the recategorization.

      (a) A permit issued after the date of

publication shall be issued with limitations based on the new category.

      (b) When the cabinet reviews its water

quality standards pursuant to the provisions of Section 303 of the Clean Water

Act, 33 U.S.C. 1313, the cabinet shall propose to have all recategorized water

promulgated as an amendment to this administrative regulation.

      (4) The following information,

documentation, and data shall support a petition for recategorization:

      (a) A petition for outstanding national

resource water shall include:

      1. A USGS 7.5 minute topographic map or

its equivalent showing those surface waters to be recategorized including a

description consisting of a river mile index with any existing and proposed

discharge points;

      2. Existing uses and water quality data

for the surface water for which the recategorization is proposed. If adequate

data are unavailable, additional studies shall be required by the cabinet;

      3. Descriptions of general land uses and

specific land uses adjacent to the surface water for which the recategorization

is proposed;

      4. The existing and designated uses of

the water upstream and downstream of the proposed recategorized water;

      5. General physical characteristics of

the surface water including width, depth, bottom composition, and slope;

      6. The frequency of occasions when there

is no natural flow in the surface water and the 7Q10 and harmonic

mean flow values for the surface water and adjacent surface waters;

      7. An assessment of the existing and

potential aquatic life habitat in the surface water under consideration and the

adjacent upstream surface waters. The existing aquatic life shall be documented

including the occurrence of individuals or populations, indices of diversity

and well-being, and abundance of species of any unique native biota;

      8. A documented rationale as to why the

water qualify for the recategorization; and

      9. The rationale used to support the

national significance of the water.

      (b) A petition for exceptional water

shall include the following:

      1. A United States Geological Survey 7.5

minute topographic map or its equivalent showing the surface water to be

recategorized including a description consisting of a river mile index with

existing and proposed discharge points;

      2. Descriptions of general land uses,

including:

      a. Mining;

      b. Agriculture;

      c. Recreation;

      d. Low, medium, and high density

residential, commercial, or industrial uses; and

      e. Specific land uses adjacent to the

surface water for which the recategorization is proposed;

      3. The frequency of occasions when there

is no natural flow in the surface water and the 7Q10 and annual mean

flow values for the surface water; and

      4. Fish or benthic macroinvertebrate

collection data and an Index of Biotic Integrity or Macroinvertebrate

Bioassessment Index calculation from a waterbody if criteria specified in

Section 1(2)(a)3 of this administrative regulation are utilized.

 

      Section 3. Incorporation by Reference.

(1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

      (a) "Development and Application of

the Kentucky Index of Biotic Integrity (KIBI)", 2003, Kentucky Division of

Water, Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet;

      (b) "The Kentucky Macroinvertebrate

Bioassessment Index", 2003, Kentucky Division of Water, Environmental and

Public Protection Cabinet; and

      (c) "Socioeconomic Demonstration and

Alternative Analysis", KPDES Form SDAA, April 2009.

      (2) This material may be inspected,

copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Division of

Water, 200 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to

4:30 p.m. (21 Ky.R. 2843; Am. 89; 280; eff. 7-12-95; 26 Ky.R. 145; 819; 1144;

eff. 12-8-99; 30 Ky.R. 1024; 1801; 31 Ky.R. 558; eff. 9-8-2004; TAm eff.

8-9-2007, Recodified from 401 KAR 5:030, 6-11-08; 35 Ky.R. 161; 908; 36 Ky.R.

31; eff. 7-30-2009; 37 Ky.R. 2071; 2655; eff. 8-5-2011.)