I’ve repeatedly leaned over the years on Kelly Redmond’s definition of drought: “insufficient water to meet needs”.
I was reminded of same today when a friend who lives in Massachusetts sent me a story about water shortages there:
With lawn watering season just getting underway, the state says there are 160 rivers and streams in the state that already suffer from low flows or water levels. Some, like parts of the Jones River in Kingston, run bone dry some summers.
And a new state Department of Fish & Game report shows river fish are disap pearing from many Massachusetts waterways – including the upper Charles and Blackstone rivers – in part because too much water is being taken from them. Brook trout, a local favorite, have all but disappeared from the parched upper Ipswich River. The stock of native bait fish such as common shiners have plummeted in the Blackstone.
Overwatering is to blame for much of the excess demand, local officials say.