The Drought Management Task Force (DMTF) consists of officials from state and federal agencies and professional organizations with responsibility for areas likely to be affected by drought conditions. It also includes representatives of agencies that provide data used to assess the severity of drought conditions or that have the ability to respond to drought conditions, and public health and safety professionals. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) have joint responsibility for coordinating the DMTF.

The 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, in accordance with the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan.

Drought Management Plan

The EEA and MEMA have developed the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan to guide state activities in response to droughts and extended periods of dry weather.

Drought Management Data

Data and maps related to drought management can be found on the website of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Water Resources.

Scheduled Meeting Dates and Agendas

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force last met on June 18, 2015. The Task Force did not recommend the declaration of a drought at that meeting. The Task Force staff continues to monitor drought indicators and, when necessary, the Task Force will meet to discuss conditions. Details of any upcoming meeting date will be posted here when available.

Agenda for June 18, 2015 pdf format of Agenda for June 18, 2015

2015 DMTF Briefing Document pdf format of 2015-0618 DMTF Briefing document

2015 DMTF Meeting Recommendation pdf format of 2015 0708 Memo DMTF meeting recommendation

Drought Announcements

A Drought Advisory for two of the state’s drought regions, the Southeast Region and the Cape and Islands Region, had been in effect from October 1 through November 30, 2014. As of December 1, 2014, the Drought Advisory is no longer in effect, and conditions have returned to normal.

Contact our office for information on past or current drought advisories.


Kathleen Baskin, P.E. , Director of Water Policy
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1012

Linda M. Hutchins, Hydrologist
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Office of Water Resources
251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1384