Drought conditions are plaguing 90 percent of Massachusetts, and last week Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card provided updated levels on various regions throughout the state. Nantucket remains in the Level 1-Mild Drought category, which warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance to the impacted towns.
“As the state continues to experience dry conditions, and with little rainfall expected in the immediate forecast, it is important that we all implement water conservation practices to reduce stress on our local water supply systems and our natural habitats,” Card said. “The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work closely with its municipal partners and local water suppliers as we further monitor ongoing drought conditions and address its impacts, particularly on the agricultural sector.”
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) issued a reminder to residents to exercise caution when using charcoal grills, backyard fire pits, and other open flame outdoor activities to prevent outdoor fires.
“Residents can also assist during the drought by minimizing water usage and following any local water restrictions for their area.”
There are five different tiers regions can fall under. Level 0 – Normal; Level 1 – Mild Drought; Level 2 – Significant Drought; Level 3 – Critical Drought; and Level 4 – Emergency Drought.