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 next meeting of the Drought Management Task Force is anticipated to be scheduled for mid-December 2014.

Drought Announcements

News: Drought Advisory announced for Southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands, effective October 1, 2014 pdf format of EEA-MEMA Drought Advisory10-1-14.pdf
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As of November 7, 2014, the Drought Advisory for two of the state’s drought regions, the Southeast Region and the Cape and Islands Region, remains in effect, based on a review of parameters in the Drought Management Plan.

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

Contacts

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
kathleen.baskin@state.ma.us

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