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Low water levels on the Osage River have exposed huge sandbars just below Bagnell Dam. The severe drought has restricted Ameren Missouri’s ability to generate power at the dam.

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Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams showing impact of drought

From hosting skiers, boaters and fishermen to providing nourishment to livestock, bodies of water play a major role in everything from tourism to agriculture, especially in the summer — and some may be in danger of drying up.

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