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Missouri River Experiences Significant Low Levels, Impacting Regional Waterways

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The Missouri River, a crucial waterway in the United States, is currently experiencing notably low levels, as reported by Mark Fuchs, a senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis. This decrease in water levels is beginning to impact the already low levels of the Mississippi River.

Fuchs explained that the reduced flows from Gavins Point Dam are contributing to the situation. The lower levels of the Missouri River are causing the Mississippi River to receive less water, leading to potential problems. One significant concern is the river levels dropping well below the zero level at Eads Bridge in St. Louis.

While the navigation season on the Missouri River might have concluded, these low river levels continue to pose challenges, particularly for utilities. Fuchs highlighted concerns about water supplies for those who rely on water withdrawals from the Missouri River.

The dry conditions leading to these low river levels are not expected to see significant improvement before the end of the year. The impact of these conditions was a topic of discussion during Missouri’s Drought Assessment Committee meeting held on Monday.