Geology and Karst Landscapes Resource Library

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FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
National Geologic Map Database
Nearly 100,000 geoscience maps and reports by USGS, the State Geological Surveys, and >600 other publishers, dating back to the 1800's.

Sustainability of Ground-Water Resources
This publication illustrates the hydrologic, geologic, and ecological concepts that must be considered to assure the wise and sustainable use of our precious ground-water resources.
 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Geology and History of the Cumberland Plateau
This brochure discusses both the geologic and human history of the Cumberland Plateau.

STATE RESOURCES - KentuckY

KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
State Cost Share Program
The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program are financial and technical assistance programs created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. Water related practices eligible for cost share are agriculture and animal waste control facilities; streambank stabilization; animal waste utilization; vegetative filter strips; integrated crop management; pesticide containment; sinkhole protection; pasture and hay land forage quality; heavy use area protection; rotational grazing system establishment; water well protection; forest land and cropland erosion control systems; closure of agriculture waste impoundment; on-farm fallen animal composting; soil health management; precision nutrient management; strip intercropping system; livestock stream crossing and riparian area protection. 
 

KY DIVISION OF WATER
Karst Hydrological Issues
Information and resources related to karst and water, such as spring inventory and dye tracing information. 

Kentucky Watershed Viewer
The Kentucky Watershed Viewer is an interactive map capable of displaying a large variety of water related spatial data. Data layers include: KY Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit holders, permitted water withdrawals, river mile points, karst dye trace sites and flows, KY Division of Water priority watersheds, Wildlife Management Areas, wellhead protection areas, watersheds, designated use waters, exceptional and reference reach waters, 305b data (water quality), and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). 


KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Generalized Geologic Data for Land-Use Planning in Kentucky Counties
These land-use planning maps are based on geologic and environmental analyses and are produced at a scale of either 1:48,000 or 1:63,360. Each map provides an interpretation of the local geology in nontechnical language and can be used by homeowners, developers, and planners.The maps provide information on how the underlying rock in an area affects excavation and foundations, on-site wastewater treatment systems, residential and industrial developments, highway and street development, and pond and reservoir construction. Photographs of sites in the area are used to illustrate the geologic discussion.

Geology of Kentucky
Maps, descriptions, and other general resources on Kentucky's geology.

Geologic Map Information Service
This internet map service provides geologic maps and related information compiled by the Kentucky Geological Survey. You can create a custom layout for your map using the Map Layers tab and save that map for later viewing with a bookmark function. Water related layers include: core boreholes, oil and gas wells; geologic maps and formations; karst sinkholes; and water wells and springs. 

Groundwater Data Repository
The Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository houses a variety of groundwater related data including: a searchable database of water well and spring records; a water well and spring location map; a searchable database of groundwater-quality data; graphical groundwater-quality comparison; a groundwater-quality data map service; and a karst potential index map service. The repository database currently contains information for over 92,000 water wells, 5,100 springs, and 50,000 suites of water-quality analyses (millions of individual analyte results). 

Karst Webpages
Webpages with general information about karst, where it's locatedgroundwater in karst aquifersfloodingvulnerability to pollution and more. Additional more technical resources are available such as KGS research on karst, a glossary of karst terms, and more. 

Kentucky Geoportal
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. KY Geological Survey / water related datasets you can search for and find include: oil and gas well locations; Class I and Class II disposal and injection wells; groundwater quality; water well and spring locations and data; and karst potential. 

Publications and Map Catalogue
Publications and maps from the KY Geological Survey. 

Water in Kentucky
General information about water in Kentucky. Includes a fact sheetFAQ document, information about karst, and Cumberland River Basin maps of the Upper Cumberland region and the Four Rivers Region

State Resources - TENNESSEE

TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
Stormwater Design Guidelines for Karst Terrain
Insight into design guidelines for Karst Terrain from within the Permanent Stormwater Management Manual. 


TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Water Withdrawal Registration Program
The Division of Water Resources collects information on the withdrawal and use of water within Tennessee. The information is used to identify water uses and resources that may require management at critical times, especially drought conditions. The purpose of the program is to protect the water resources of Tennessee from over-utilization. This webpage includes Groundwater 305b Water Quality Reports and the withdrawal videos 'Hollow Ground: The Land of Caves, Sinkholes and Springs' and 'Drops of Water in Oceans of Sand.'

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forestsstreams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Area biology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.
 

TN SCENIC RIVERS ASSOCIATION
TN Landforms
TSRA provides a link to this TN landforms database. Landforms include waterfallssinkholes, and lakes, amongst other features. Over 800 waterfalls are listed. The site notes that some of these landforms are on private property, so get permission before you go check them out. Other formations are difficult to access because they are off-trail.
 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
Grand Rivers Corridor Work
The Grand Rivers Corridor encompasses more than 513,000 acres in the watersheds of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers below their dams at Land Between the Lakes. Important systems in the area include aquatic assemblages of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, sloughs and emergent wetlands, bottomland forest, oak flatwoods, forested ravines, non-hydric oak savannah, native grasslands and xeric glade communities. Conservation targets for the area include rare or declining species listed above in glades, prairies, grasslands, wetlands, water, and karst areas and cave systems. 

Rockcastle River
Within the Rockcastle River Watershed, the Conservancy has helped protect more than 1,900 acres along Sinking Creek and Horse Lick Creek, tributaries to the Rockcastle River and areas targeted as priorities for acquisition within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Thanks to progress made in the watershed, the Rockcastle River boasts some of the cleanest waters in Kentucky – waters which support freshwater mussels including the federally-endangered Cumberland Bean and Cumberland Elktoe, and the globally-imperiled Little Wing Pearlymussel.