Water Conservation Standards - Revised June, 2012 file size 1MB
The Water Conservation Standards (the Standards) set statewide goals for water conservation and water-use efficiency, and provide guidance on effective conservation measures to meet the statewide goals identified in the 2004 Massachusetts Water Policy. The Standards also provide a vehicle to educate Massachusetts‘ citizens about the importance of water conservation, its crucial link to our natural resources, and how all consumers can use water more efficiently. This version of the standards was revised and published in June, 2012.
- Index streamflows were developed for Massachusetts rivers based on historic flow statistics from index gauges (gauges least impacted by human alteration as identified by USGS).
Stress Level Reclassification - Weir River subbassin file size 1MBThis reclassification for the Weir River subbasin of the Boston Harbor Basin was developed by the WRC in 2005.
- The "Stressed Basins in Massachusetts" report summarizes the work of an interagency committee established by the Massachusetts Water Resource Commission (WRC) to define a stressed river basin. It presents general conclusions reached by the committee and includes more specific recommendations developed by Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) staff for future work.
- This document, developed by the WRC, clarifies the process for including public comment in the Commission’s review of requests to classify a river basin not currently classified in the Interim Stressed Basin methodology.
More Than Just A Yard: Ecological Landscaping Tools file size 1MBIntended for Massachusetts homeowners, this guidebook, developed by the Water Resources Commission, offers ways to preserve biodiversity, conserve water, and save homeowner time and money.
- Guidance for lawn and landscape water conservation intended for communities, property owners, managers, and Massachusetts state agencies developed by the Water Resources Commission in 2001.
- This questionnaire is based on the Water Conservation Standards for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which were approved by the Water Resources Commission.
Drought Management Plan file size 2MBThe EEA and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency have developed this plan to guide state activities in response to droughts and extended periods of dry weather.
Interbasin Transfer Act Guidebook file size 1MBThe purpose of this guidebook is to explain the Interbasin Transfer Act and describe its review process to potential applicants.
- A WRC policy document.
- The Water Resources Commission develops water needs forecasts for public water suppliers and communities seeking increased water withdrawals under the Water Management Act (WMA) and for other purposes as deemed appropriate by the Commission.For information about this document, please contact Anne Monnelly at (617) 626-1395
- A policy statement updated in 1996 by the WRC.
- This management policy developed by the WRC is still in effect and was established on June 13, 1994.