Marshfield, MA

Town of Marshfield Asks Residents To Conserve Water During "Significant Drought"

Dianna Carney

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Massachusetts Drought StatusTown of Marshfield / Press Release

"Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared a Level 2-Significant Drought in the Northeast, Southeast, Connecticut River Valley, and Central Regions of the state." stated The of Marshfield on Wednesday, July 13th in a press release published on their website.

With 90% of Massachusetts experiencing drought conditions, a Level 2-Significant Drought "warrants the convening of an inter-agency Mission Group, which has already been convened, to more closely coordinate on drought assessments, impacts and response within the government."

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U.S. Drought Monitor for MANDMC, NOAA, USDA

According to Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, drought can be described as an "abnormally dry (moisture-deficent) condition that is a shift away from average conditions for some prolonged period of time."

“Dry conditions continue to affect a major part of the Commonwealth and in a time of year when our rivers and streams are normally at their lowest, it is even more important to conserve in order to protect water supplies and our natural resources,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “People should be aware of, and follow, conservation measures put into place by their local water systems.” 

These conditions can be due to a combination of precipitation deficit and increased evapotranspiration from heat stress, especially during the dog days of summer that we are currently experiencing here in New England. A drought can last for months or years and can have a large impact on the environment, agriculture, and ecosystem of the affected area.

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Drought conditions & elevated heat stress reduce and eliminate formation of grass.Image By Myriams-Fotos / Pixabay

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency recommends that all residents of the state begin following water conservation tips and learning new ways how they can reduce their water usage, even if the homeowner has a private well as groundwater levels are affected by private well usage.

The Town of Marshfield's press release goes on to state,

"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,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “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."

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Competition for water during drought leads to elevated tree mortality.pixelRaw / Pixabay

Taking water conservation steps now will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs, such as drinking water and fire protection, are being met, habitats have enough water to support their natural functions, and to sustain the Commonwealth’s water supplies in the long-term." - Town of Marshfield

The next Drought Management Task Force meeting will take place on August 8, 2022 from 1:00-3:30 pm

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