Water and Massachusetts


In spite of the fact that Massachusetts receives 42 to 45 inches of rainfall annually, we do not have an inexhaustible supply of water. Increased development, aquifer overdrafts, and transfers between water supplies, exacerbated by drought conditions, can cause streamflows in the Commonwealth to become extremely low, and local drinking water supplies to be stressed. The decrease in baseflow of the Ipswich River is a good example of the collective impact of such issues.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the USGS, and MassDEP have a wealth of data on water resources in Massachusetts.  To obtain data on precipitation, surface water, groundwater, water quality, drought and flood conditions, and available publications visit the websites below:


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webpage last updated 9/2008