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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Lexington, a Northeast Region, upgraded to a Level 1-Mild Drought (declared 1/13/23)

January 13, 2023

The Northeast Region of Massachusetts (Lexington, MA) will join the Cape Cod Region at a Level 1-Mild Drought status. Rain and snow events during the previous month and a half have been well above normal, and conditions are expected to improve through January 2023. A Level 1-Mild Drought warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance to affected municipalities. 

For Regions in Level 1- Mild Drought 

Residents and Businesses:

  • Toilets, faucets, and showers are more than 60% of indoor use. Make sure yours are WaterSense efficient;

Short- and Medium-Term Steps for Communities:

  • Establish a year-round water conservation program that includes public education and communication;
  • Provide timely information to local residents and businesses;
  • Check emergency inter-connections for water supply; and,
  • Develop a local drought management plan

Wetlands Permitting

Any observations of dry perennial streams in this region still may not be submitted as proof that a stream is intermittent in the northeast drought region. Commissions may not accept observations of dry stream made between May 1, 2022, and the declared end of the drought.

Further, photos of dry stream taken before May 1, 2022 for this purpose, must also not be taken during drought conditions and always check the Past Drought Status Page to see if older photos were taken during a declared drought before submitting as evidence.

Press Release from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 1/13/2023

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