There are four program areas that help ensure Massachusetts has plentiful water and clean water bodies for recreation and habitat.
The Office of Water Resources annual report provides an overview of OWR programs and highlights of key initiatives for the year.
Drought Management Task Force (DMTF)
The Drought Management Task Force 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.
Flood Hazard Management Program
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Flood Hazard Management Program (FHMP) is the State Coordinating Office for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Interbasin Transfer Act
The Office of Water Resources provides technical and administrative staff to the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission, which administers the Interbasin Transfer Act.
Lakes and Ponds Program
Our Lakes and Ponds Program works primarily in the DCR State Park system to protect, manage and restore our valuable aquatic resources.
Water Data Tracking
The DCR collects data on monthly water conditions, precipitation levels, and drought levels. You can view this data and helpful hints on water conservation.
Additional Resources for Water Data Tracking
Water Needs Forecast Policy and Methodology
The Office of Water Resources develops water needs forecasts for public water suppliers and communities seeking increased water withdrawals under the Water Management Act (WMA) and for other purposes as deemed appropriate by the Water Resources Commission.
For information about this policy and methodology, please contact
Anne Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 626-1395
Additional Resources for Water Needs Forecast Policy and Methodology
Ipswich Targeted Watershed Project
Nine low-impact development (LID) and water conservation demonstration projects implemented to help improve low streamflow conditions in the Ipswich River watershed.