Protection of streams for fishing, swimming and wading is called watershed management. What’s a watershed?
A watershed is the area of land that drains to a point. An easy way to think of this is to think of your roof as an area draining to your gutter. The roof is the watershed and the gutter is the stream. That’s a tiny watershed compared to the 18 square miles of Lexington that drain to West Hickman Creek over in Veterans Park! (West Hickman Creek also drains 4 square miles of Jessamine County before joining East Hickman Creek at Hickman Creek).
A watershed plan is a strategy for achieving goals that work toward environmentally and economically healthy streams that benefit all who have a stake in an area. If you live, work or play in the West Hickman Watershed, that includes you. Let us know you want to be part of the process of implementing the plan!
For more information:
- West Hickman Watershed Plan
- KY Division of Water, Watershed Planning
- Kentucky Center of Excellence for Watershed Management
- Wolf Run Watershed Plan
As the West Hickman Watershed Plan has been approved, and implementation is currently underway, here are some links that are helpful in learning more about water quality resources and needs.
- Presentation to West Hickman Watershed Council Jan 2020 (ppt, 15pgs)
- West Hickman Watershed Assessment (pdf, 152pgs)
- West Hickman Microbial Source Tracking (pdf, 45pgs)
- Idle Hour Park Stream Restoration Feasibility Memo (pdf, 29pgs)
- West Hickman Stormwater Projects
- West Hickman Sanitary Sewer Projects