State Declares "Severe Drought" Conditions in Northeast and other regions of Mass.

The culprits? Low precipitation since May, above normal temps and steep declines in streamflows
Ipswich river drought conditions

On June 24, 2020 Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared “Significant Drought” condition status for the Northeast, Connecticut River Valley, Western and Central regions of the state. The quick decline of the state’s rainfall since May, recent high temperatures and below normal rainfall continuing from the winter months has led to the drought conditions. 

“The Ipswich River is the most flow-depleted major river in Massachusetts, so it's highly sensitive to drought” says Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association. "Thirteen cities and towns, including Lynnfield, depend on the river for their drinking water, and are particularly vulnerable to both drought and increased water use. As our towns continue to grow, we need to plan for a water-constrained future. Studies recently completed by these communities call for this type of forward-thinking planning.”

The state asks residents to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to be proactive in reducing or eliminating outdoor water use, reduce indoor water use, and address plumbing leaks as soon as possible. Limiting nonessential outdoor watering is one of the most effective ways to minimize the impacts of drought on water supply and the environment, and ensure there is enough water for fire protection.