Officials Say Cape Cod Is No Longer In Drought


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — All regions in the state of Massachusetts are officially drought-free.

Cape Cod was the final region in the state to achieve normal conditions after the state declared a mild drought in the region back in July. Statewide droughts had been going on dating back well into 2020, but during this past summer, all regions except Cape Cod were able to recover.

The groundwater and lakes in most of Cape Cod fully recovered due to above-average rainfall throughout the month of September. While some areas in the elbow of Cape Cod have not yet fully recovered, Energy and Environmental Affairs said things trending upward in that part of the region.

Much of Cape Cod had to participate in water conservation efforts during the summer to help the area recover, including several towns implementing water bans.

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“We thank those who implemented water conservation practices to enable resources to fully rebound,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said in a statement.

“Importantly, due to the ongoing impacts of climate change causing more frequent extreme weather events, we must remain diligent in our efforts to protect our state’s vital water systems in order to prepare for future dry conditions.”

With the entire state returning to normal conditions, the state's Drought Management Task Force has been deactivated.

WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) has more.

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