Despite a Secure Water Supply, Island Drought Causes Concern
The recent heatwave has dominated headlines, but for Islanders ranging from farmers to firefighters, the lack of rain is the larger concern. Water security on Island has yet to be threatened by ongoing drought conditions, but safety officials are on full alert and other industries have begun to feel the heat.
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Six-Month Drought Declared Over
Louisa Hufstader
A statewide drought that has affected Martha’s Vineyard since last summer was declared at an end this month by the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force.
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Severe Drought Keeps Island Firefighters on High Alert
Maia Coleman
After two brush fires scorched acres of land in Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury this week, state and local fire officials are on particularly high alert.
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State Declares Drought Conditions
Will Sennott
In one of the hottest, driest summers in recent memory, critical drought conditions were declared late Thursday for all seven regions in the state, including Martha’s Vineyard.
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Prolonged Summer Drought Leads to Fire Alert on Martha's Vineyard

Following three straight months of little rain, Martha’s Vineyard remains under moderate to severe drought conditions along with most of the rest of the commonwealth.

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Drought Advisory Issued for Cape and Islands
Sara Brown

Following months of below average rainfall, a drought advisory is now in effect for the Cape and Islands, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday. Dry ponds and low streams are evident all around the Island, even though October has seen good amounts of rain.

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End of Drought Leaves Water Table at Record Low
Mark Alan Lovewell

There is no drought on Martha's Vineyard. While dry conditions may continue in other parts of the Northeast, the Vineyard has had healthy rainfall thus far this year.

But despite spring rains, Vineyard ground water levels are at or near their 25-year low. This has raised concerns that homes in outlying areas, those with wells near the coast, may be vulnerable to saltwater intrusion.

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Drought Conditions Burn Landscape and Threaten Record for Low Rainfall
Mark Alan Lovewell
A month ago, Island farmers were complaining that it was dry. Now, halfway through August, it is even drier - so much so that Vineyarders are looking for new superlatives to describe the arid conditions.

The Cape and Islands led the state in rainfall earlier in the year. But on Wednesday, the state announced that because of lack of rainfall the region had moved from a drought advisory to a drought watch.

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September Rains End Drought; Island Water Table Remains Low
Mark Alan Lovewell
Rainstorms that crossed the Island last month were exactly what the Vineyard needed. After a September that was the wettest month of the year so far, lawns are once again lush and plants are looking healthy.

According to rainfall data collected at the National Weather Service cooperative station in Edgartown, the total rainfall for the past month was 6.15 inches. The Vineyard hadn't seen that much rainfall since the 6.11 inches that fell in August of last year.

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Near-Drought Condtions Hit the Region; Water Companies Pump to Meet Demand
Mark Alan Lovewell

The lack of rainfall this summer has been great for beach vacations, but extremely dry conditions have left trees, gardens and lawns with a powerful thirst and town water companies pumping like mad to keep up with the demand.

Supply is not an issue, but pumps for the Island municipal water systems are working overtime. Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury are each pumping over two million gallons a day. It is a record summer for water usage, all tied to the drought-like conditions. The Vineyard has had no significant rainfall since July 9.

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