Monthly Archives: March 2017

Drought Conditions Improve Across Commonwealth, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Drought Conditions Improve Across Commonwealth, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

Media Contact: Katie Gronendyke – 617-626-1129 or katie.gronendyke@state.ma.us

BOSTON – March 10, 2017 – While many areas of the state experienced some levels of precipitation in February, a majority of the state continues to experience a water deficit. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley and Southeast Region, down from a Drought Warning in the month of February; and a Drought Advisory for the Western, Central, and Northeast Region as well as the Cape and Islands, down from a Drought Watch for the Western and Central Regions in the month of February, and unchanged for the Northeast Region and Cape and Islands. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

“While we remain cautiously optimistic of recent rain events, the Commonwealth is still in the midst of a long-term drought, which has resulted in a precipitation deficit over the course of more than two years,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration asks that the public continues to monitor indoor home water usage by fixing leaks in their system and practicing best water conservation methods in order to allow the state’s water systems to further rebound.”

“Drought conditions across the Commonwealth improved over the past month as a result of precipitation and the public’s water conservation efforts.  Nonetheless, the drought persists and it remains critical that the public continues to conserve water,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Additionally, with spring and summer fast approaching, and the likelihood of drought conditions continuing for the foreseeable future, now is the time to plan for, and implement outdoor water conservation measures to offset the expected seasonal increase in the demand for water to support recreational and agricultural activities.”

A Drought Watch, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan pdf format of Drought Management Plan file size 1MB, warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities. The declaration of a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies. drought-state-wide-map 03-01-2017The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps 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 recover, and to stretch our water supplies into the spring.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) continues to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies, as well as assisting towns on how to request a declaration of drought emergency.

“After several months of near normal precipitation we have seen conditions improve, but we are still dealing with a deficit acquired over the last two years,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “The next two months are especially important to ensure that we enter the heavy water-use season with conditions as near-normal as possible. We ask for people’s continued attention to conservation and advise everyone to be aware of any specific limitations imposed by their local public water system.”

Task Force officials also noted the lack of snow pack at this time of the year that would typically result in slow recharge of the ground during the winter and spring months. Additionally, officials noted that while reservoir levels are recovering during this natural recharge period, some are still below normal. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system is not currently experiencing drought conditions, as defined within its individual plan.

“Unfortunately, we did not get much of a snowpack in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed and the recent rains seemed to have missed it as well,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is going to be increasingly important that residents and businesses practice conservation measures as we start getting into the warmer months.”

The declaration of a Drought Watch, and a Drought Advisory requires the Drought Management Task Force to meet on a regular basis to more closely assess conditions across the state, coordinate dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare any responses that may be needed in the future. The Task Force will next meet in April. For further information on water conservation and what you can do, visit the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ drought page, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s drought management page, and the MassDEP Water Conservation page.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

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Irrigation Technician (CIT) Training – Hyannis, MA: April 3-4, 2017

Irrigation Technician Training and Exam Offered
Class Dates:  April 3 from 9:00am – 6:00pm (Monday)
…………………..April 4 from 9:00am – 1:00pm (Tuesday)
Exam Date: April 4 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 1800 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA

Class Registration: Required
Exam Registration 14 days IN ADVANCE: Required AND Separate from Class Registration

Why do I need to take this class?:
Certified irrigation technicians are the field technicians who install, maintain and repair irrigation systems.  CITs:

  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems, and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Layout and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.

Becoming a Certified Irrigation Technician allows you to:

  • Add instant credibility with customers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.

For more information about this opportunity, email inquiries here.

Educational Opportunities in March are Growing!

CallLocal Classes Green It March Madness!
The educational opportunities in the month of March keep growing!
Registration is required:  online registration

• March 20 (Monday) – Low Volume Landscape Irrigation Design:
How to design and layout a low volume drip irrigation system!  Additional information on proper product application based upon plant material and environmental conditions. Lunch will be provided!
Location:  48 Upper County Rd, Dennis Port, MA
Time:  8:00am – 12:00pm

• March 23 & 24 (Thursday & Friday) – Landscape Lighting Seminar:
Basic lighting concepts including demonstrations, sales techniques, installation, maintenance, and design!
March 23 – 15 Tinker Ave, Londonderry, NH
Time:  8:30am – 2:00pm
March 24 – 48 Upper County Rd, Dennis Port, MA
Time:  8:30am – 2:00pm

• March 30 (Thursday) – MA Hoisting License Prep Class:
Learn MASS General Laws 146 and CRM 520 6.00 as they pertain to hoisting machinery, in addition to dig safe operations.  Class is designed to improve your ability to pass the license exam.  Snacks and lunch included!
Location:  48 Upper County Rd, Dennis Port, MA
Time:  9:00 am – 2:30pm

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HERE

A Spring-2017 Seminar and Educational Opportunities Schedule is available here and upCalendardates are posted on our website at News Blog.

Irrigation Technician (CIT) Training – Dennis Port, MA: March 21–22, 2017

Irrigation Technician Training and Exam Offered
Class Dates:  March 21 from 8:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday)
…………………..March 22 from 8:00am – 12:00pm (Wednesday)
Exam Date:   March 22 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:  48 Upper County Rd, Dennis Port, MA

Class Registration: Required;  discount for IANE members!
Exam Registration IN ADVANCE: Required AND Separate from Class Registration

Why do I need to take this class?:
Certified irrigation technicians are the field technicians that help install, maintain and repair irrigation systems.

  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems, and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Layout and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.

Becoming a Certified Irrigation Technician allows you to:

  • Add instant credibility with customers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.