BOSTON — Massachusetts officials are urging residents to conserve water as drought conditions impact much of the state.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said Friday that a significant drought has been declared in the southeastern region of Massachusetts, which includes Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties.

A mild drought has been declared in the rest of the state, except for the islands.

Officials say precipitation totals are 1.5 to 3 inches below normal.

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Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

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