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

Effective July 1, 2016: Following four continuous months of unusually dry weather, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton has declared a Drought Watch for Central and Northeast Massachusetts and a Drought Advisory for Southeast and the Connecticut River Valley. 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 Announcement, July 2016 pdf format of 2016-0708 PR - EEA - Drought Task Force.pdf

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:

Date:  Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time:10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:100 Cambridge Street, Room 2B
Boston, MA 02114

Past Meeting Documents


Agenda for July 7, 2016 pdf format of 2016 0707 DMTF Agenda.pdf

2016 July 7 DCR DMTF summary  pdf format of 2016 July 7 DCR DMTF summary
file size 1MB


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