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Although Massachusetts is a relatively water-rich state, it has water resource-related challenges. Rainfall is variable both spatially and temporally. The landscape dictates how water flows across the surface, how much flows in rivers and streams and is retained in water bodies, and how much is absorbed by the ground, ultimately recharging underground reservoirs. Impervious surfaces, such as roadways, parking lots, and rooftops, slow the absorption of water by the soil, thereby reducing groundwater recharge while increasing the quantity, flow rate, and debris and pollutants in stormwater.
Since people, businesses, wildlife, and natural lands all need adequate water, the Commonwealth must follow sustainable water policy guidelines to support ecological needs while:
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs addresses this challenge in the 2004 Water Policy that both promotes wise management and efficient use of our water resources and provides a framework of principles, goals, and actions for managing water in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Water Policy was developed after extensive discussion with a task force that included representatives from environmental groups, industry, public works, local, state and federal government. The Task Force conducted focused discussions on key water-related issues that face Massachusetts and recommended a process for protecting water resources. The Policy recommends:
In brief, the Policy makes the following ten major recommendations: