Despite recent rains, the South Shore is still experiencing a worsening drought. On Wednesday, August 24, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Southeast region of the state. Fire danger has been especially high this summer, with almost 100 separate fire events, burning over 1,000 acres. Part of the challenge with wildfires during a drought is the sources firefighters usually use in remote locations are surface waters that are not available now due to the drought. With well below normal rainfall over many months, conditions continue to worsen across all regions of the state and spread south and westward.

As of Tuesday, August 23, the Blue Hill Observatory shows a total precipitation deficit for the year so far as -11.18″

The EEA has created a survey for drought impacts – everyone is welcome to contribute, whether you’re a water professional, nonprofit volunteer, or just an observant resident. Please add your local impacts, and share widely!

You can read more on the EEA drought status page. This declaration will remain in effect until the next declaration in September. For more information on water-saving tips, follow our Facebook page, or check out the WaterSmart section of our website.

You can also see the Water Restrictions by Town as of August 17, 2022 here.

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