Current Drought Status
Effective October 1, 2016: With large portions of Massachusetts continuing to experience rainfall amounts remaining below average for a seventh straight month, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton has declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, and Southeast Massachusetts; and a Drought Watch for the Cape and Islands and Western Massachusetts. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from the Drought Management Task Force and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.
- September 2016 Hydrologic Conditions file size 1MB
- Drought Status, October 1, 2016
- Description of Drought Indices
Hydrologic Drought Data
Current streamflow data: http://ma.water.usgs.gov/
Current groundwater data: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd
Drought Management Task Force
The Drought Management Task Force (DMTF) assists in collecting and assessing technical information, facilitates coordination and communication among DMTF members, and provides advice to the Secretary of EEA, the Secretary of Public Safety and Security, and the Governor on the level of drought and agency response.
The Massachusetts Drought Management Plan file size 1MB outlines the responsibilities of various state and federal agencies, the lines of communication and general sequence of actions to be used based on the severity of the situation.