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Drought Management in Massachusetts

Welcome to the Massachusetts Drought page where you can find information about the current drought status, the drought management task force and its meetings, drought index data and monthly hydrological conditions reports. You can also view and easily download drought-related outreach material.

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Current Status

Drought status declared August 9, 2022. (effective until updated)

August 9, 2022: Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast and Southeast Regions, a Level 2 – Significant Drought in the Cape Cod Region, and a Level 1 – Mild Drought in the Western and Islands Regions. Conditions have worsened across most regions of the state and spread south and westward. Read more on our drought status page. This declaration will remain in effect till the next declaration later in August.

What you need to know

Drought Management Task Force

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The DMTF serves citizens, businesses, and farms throughout Massachusetts by collecting information and making recommendations for drought management to the Secretary of EEA, the Secretary of Public Safety and Security, and the Governor...Learn More

Drought Monitoring

Drought Monitoring

Find information on current drought conditions and learn about how your water supply may be affected..Learn More 

Drought Outreach and Response

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Learn how you can help yourself and your community by saving water..Learn More

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