Portion of Commonwealth Returns to Normal Drought Level, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Portion of Commonwealth Returns to Normal Drought Level, 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 – April 14, 2017 – While the month of March started to see higher levels of precipitation across the Commonwealth, 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 Advisory for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley and Southeast Region in the month of March, and unchanged for the Central and Northeast Regions and the Cape and Islands. Additionally, Secretary Beaton declared Normal Conditions for the Western Region, down from a Drought Advisory in the month of March. The declarations were 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.

“Even with widespread rain conditions recently experienced throughout Massachusetts, the state as a whole has not fully rebounded from over two years of a precipitation deficit,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “It is difficult for periods of heavy rain to absorb into the ground to impact hydrological systems, and as a result, it is still important to incorporate best water conservation practices into our daily lives to not stress water systems.”

“While recent precipitation has helped to reduce the severity of the drought in parts of the state, drought conditions continue and the public is urged to take steps to reduce both indoor and outdoor water usage,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Additionally, brush and wildland fires often occur during the spring and with dry conditions, the public is urged to exercise extreme caution when using matches, charcoal grills, and other open flames during outdoor activities.”

A Drought Advisory, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan pdf format of Drought Management Plan format of Drought Management Plan file size 1MB, indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies.

drought-state-wide-map 04-17-2017The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. As the Commonwealth transition’s into the growing and watering season, the state reminds residents to think carefully about what they plant, encourages good landscape practices, recommends watering plants only early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Furthermore, residents are asked 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. 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 summer.

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.

“Public water suppliers across the Commonwealth are good stewards of the environment,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “As the spring and summer seasons approach, MassDEP will continue to work with local water systems.”

Task Force officials also noted the lack of snow pack in March that would typically result in slow recharge of the ground. 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.

“The recent rainfall has certainly helped, but the Quabbin Reservoir remains below the normal level for this time of year,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is important that customers in our service area continue to conserve water, particularly as the warmer summer season approaches, so that the reservoir can fully recover to normal levels.”

The declaration of 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 May. 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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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!

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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.

IANE Offers CEU Class on March 10, 2017: “Site Water Management Methods and Strategies for Irrigation Professionals”

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“Site Water Management Methods and Strategies for Irrigation Professionals”

DATE:  Friday, March 10 from 8:00am – 3:00pm – lunch included
Check In:  7:45 – 8:00am
LOCATION: 60 Stergis Way, Dedham, MA 02026 (SiteOne)

REGISTRATION (6 CEUs): Required (HERE), seating limited
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINE:  Friday, March 3rd at NOON or sooner if full

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Class attendees will learn about a comprehensive way to manage landscape water use focusing on water budgets, response to codes and regulations, and using irrigation best management practices to conserve water and generate new business opportunities.  CALCULATOR required (non-cell preferred)

Deadline to Return Registration Form AND Payment is Friday, March 3rd at noon

Ted Moriarty, Instructor and Owner of Smart Watering Company: Ted Moriarty is in his 29th year in the irrigation industry. In the course of his career, he has worked in many facets of the business including distribution branch management and sales, area management, and manufacturer representative for two major irrigation manufacturers. Ted currently owns Smart Watering Company based in Boston that provides industry training, irrigation design, irrigation system installation and service, and all aspects of irrigation water management. Ted is a certified Irrigation Association (IA) trainer and has developed and updated several of the IA classes. He is also a regular training contributor for licensing requirements in the states of New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted is a past President of the Irrigation Association of New England (IANE) and a former board member of the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association (CICA)

IANE Member: $75      Non-Member: $125
New Member: $175 (Discounted Rate Includes Class & New Membership)*
Membership Application   *Member Year: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Payment Must Be Received Prior to the Event.  Questions to:  Jennifer@IrrigationAssociationNE.org

 

Areas of Commonwealth Experience Improved Drought Conditions, Below-Normal Precipitation Amounts Continue Across State

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Areas of Commonwealth Experience Improved Drought Conditions, Below-Normal Precipitation Amounts Continue Across State
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

BOSTON – February 10, 2017 – While many areas of the state experienced moderate levels of precipitation in January, large portions of the state continue 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 Warning for the Connecticut River Valley and Southeast Region, unchanged from the month of January; a Drought Watch for the Western Region and Central Region, down from a Drought Warning in the month of January; and a Drought Advisory for the Northeast Region and Cape and Islands, down from a Drought Watch for the Northeast Region in the month of January, and unchanged for the 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, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

“Even though many water systems across the Commonwealth are recovering due to an increase in precipitation, it remains essential that we all continue to practice indoor water conservation methods to allow our state’s reservoirs, groundwater, and streamflow networks to fully rebound,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “With the uncertainty of the amount of precipitation over the course of this winter, and its impacts across the state on spring flows and water levels, it is important that we avoid stressing the Commonwealth’s water systems.”

“The recent rain and snow is helping water systems recover from the prolonged drought, but a complete recovery is still a long way off,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “The public is encouraged to continue indoor water conservation measures and to begin thinking about ways to reduce outdoor water use this coming spring and summer.”

A Drought Warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, indicates over six consecutive months of groundwater and stream flow levels being below normal, and larger reservoirs at below normal levels. This initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning regions are currently experiencing precipitation levels below normal for six out of seven consecutive months. A Drought Watch represents extremely low groundwater and streamflow levels resulting from prolonged periods of precipitation deficit, including a lack of snowfall in the winter months. The declaration of a Drought Watch 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 02-10-2017The 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.

“While it feels like the Commonwealth has had a lot of precipitation recently, the ongoing drought represents many months of deficit that is still being replenished,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Groundwater elevations and ponds in several parts of the state are still at low levels and need time to rise. So, we urge consumers to continue to conserve water at home and work to ensure that this important resource recovers in the weeks and months ahead.”

Task Force officials noted that although 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.

“Quabbin Reservoir levels have been holding steady, but a good snowpack in the watersheds would help bring us up to normal levels by spring,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is still important for residents and businesses to be mindful of indoor water use and take measures to conserve.”

The declaration of a Drought Warning, 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 March. 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.

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Congratulations to the Newly Elected 2017 Board!

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Bob Barbati, Frank Luther, John Maher, Jim Moreau, Tim Preston and Will Rose have been elected to join the three current Board members serving the second year of their 2-yr terms.

 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS – (1) term expiring 2017, (2) term expiring 2018

REGION 1
Frank Luther (2)
Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
Eliot, ME

Jim Moreau (2)
Northeast Turf & Irrigation Supply
No. Londonderry, NH

Will Rose (2)
Vermont Irrigation
Burlington, VT

REGION 2
Bob Barbati (2) – CLERK
Atlantic Irrigation Specialties
Milford, MA

Jim McGovern (1) – TREASURER
Hunter Industries
West Roxbury, MA

Tim Preston (2)
Wisteria and Rose
Jamaica Plain, MA

REGION 3
John Maher (1) – VICE PRESIDENT
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Mashpee, MA

Kevin Rudat (1) – PRESIDENT
Lembo Corporation, Irrigation Systems, Landscape Lighting
Hudson, MA

Keith Zelazny (1)
Rain Bird Corporation
Avon, CT

Thank you to the Officers & Directors with expired terms in 2016:
Stephen Evans – Turf Unlimited
Kyle McNerney – Smart Water Management
Sean O’Leary – O’Leary Landscaping & Irrigation
Jim Rolfe – Northeast Turf & Irrigation Supply

Thank you for your continued support,
Kyle McNerney, Outgoing President