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.

The Massachusetts Drought Management Plan guides state activities in response to droughts and extended periods of dry weather.

Drought Announcements

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

No new meetings of the Drought Management Task Force are scheduled at this time.

Past Meeting Documents


July 2017 – Special Meeting to Discuss Drought Management Plan Update


May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017


December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016


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


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

Vandana Rao, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Water Policy
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1248

Anne Carroll, Director, Office of Water Resources
Division of Water Supply Protection
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1395