Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton acknowledged the severity of the current drought today when he expanded the drought declaration across the entire state. The most severely affected areas, in the northeast and central areas were upgraded to “Drought Warning,” the last step before “Drought Emergency.” The Secretary urged total outdoor water bans in these two areas, and hand-held watering after 5pm only for the rest of the state. You can see the Massachusetts drought map here: Drought Map.
The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and its member groups have been working with the administration to improve the state’s responsiveness to droughts in general – and this one, in particular. Unfortunately, many rivers and streams throughout the state are already dry.