Current Drought Status
Effective May 1, 2017 – With above normal precipitation at the end of March, all of April and the beginning of this month, all indices across the Commonwealth have recovered fully. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton has declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: Normal Condition levels for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Advisory in the month of April, and unchanged for the Western Region. The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities.
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.
Past Drought Declarations Maps and History
Note: The information in the Drought History table dates to 2001, when the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan was developed in response to a period of deficient precipitation, starting in 1999. The most severe drought of modern times was the drought of the 1960s, equivalent to a drought emergency. A less severe drought occurred in the early 1980s. See Appendix F of the plan for more details: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/eea/wrc/droughtplan.pdf file size 1MB