A combination of drought, hot weather, and the slowing of water releases from upstream dams has brought the Missouri River to its lowest recorded summer levels since the 1950s. That’s the word from offcials at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. And, the National Weather Service projects the river will continue to fall to levels that haven’t been seen since the drought of the 1930s. Earlier this month, on August 12th, the Army Corps of Engineers complied with a federal judge’s order and slowed water releases from upstream dams. The reduced flows lasted for three days and are just now being noticed in parts of Missouri. Those lower water levels have brought barge traffic along the river to a halt.