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.
Effective August 1, 2016: Following five continuous months of unusually dry weather, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton has declared a Drought Warning for the Central and Northeast regions, a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River and Southeast Massachusetts and a Drought Advisory for Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands. The declaration was the result of a recommendation from the Drought Management Task Force and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.
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 continues to monitor drought indicators and has scheduled a meeting to discuss conditions:
Past Meeting Documents
- Agenda for August 11, 2016
- 2016 August 11 DCR DMTF PPT file size 2MB
- 2016 August 11 NWS DMTF Summary file size 3MB
- 2016 August 11 USGS DMTF Summary file size 2MB
- 2016 2016 August 11 DEP DMTF Summary
- 2016 August 11 MWRA DMTF Summary
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
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