As of October 1, 2019: Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared a Level 1 – Mild Drought in the Connecticut River Valley Region and a Level 0-Normal conditions in all other regions. In addition, elevated drying conditions are being noticed in sub-regional areas such as the Deerfield, Housatonic, Boston Harbor and Nashua River basins and conditions in these areas will be closely monitored.
A Level 1 – Mild Drought, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities.
The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts.
The state asks those residing or working in the Connecticut River Valley and the Housatonic and Nashua River basins to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to reduce indoor water use, address plumbing leaks as soon as possible. All these steps will help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, and habitats have enough