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Floods in China Leave Many Searching for Loved Ones Amid Outages

Many homes in Mihe, which is in a flat-bottomed valley with steep slopes of red soil, had been destroyed or badly damaged. Ms. Chen, who survived with her husband and grandchild, had fled to a nearby village.“Now we have nothing to eat, no water to drink, no home to return to,” she said. “I don’t know what to do.”Across the countryside, downed power cables snaked across roads, village streets and alleys, the poles supporting them having been washed-out.In one village near Gongyi, where at least four people were reported to have been killed on Tuesday, Chen …

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Water Science for Real-World Problems | Ben Kerr

Water Science for Real-World Problems

Ben Kerr, P.Ag.
Founder & CEO, Foundry Spatial


Foundry Spatial began operations in 2009 with a goal to help people leverage data to make more informed decisions. What started as a consulting practice, led into a specialized software company as client needs increased. Initial investments in foundational technology designed to solve internal project data compilation, analysis and reporting challenges have evolved into a web based technology framework now supporting sustainable decision-making across more than 1.5 million km2 of western North America.

Ben’s expertise as a Professional Agrologist and industry knowledge from working in resource development for the Province of BC has helped him build a team of highly-qualified data scientists and software developers who develop and maintain knowledge systems that provide more than $40 million in value to the Canadian economy each year.


Foundry Spatial is empowering decisions to shape the future of watersheds and aquifers.

Foundry Spatial connects people with technology, science, and data for sustainable water management. We empower our users to make decisions based on accurate and timely information so that water management initiatives can be aligned with sustainable outcomes.

To see what we’ve been working on, check out our blog.

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Taiwan’s Drought Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers

HSINCHU, Taiwan — Chuang Cheng-deng’s modest rice farm is a stone’s throw from the nerve center of Taiwan’s computer chip industry, whose products power a huge share of the world’s iPhones and other gadgets.This year, Mr. Chuang is paying the price for his high-tech neighbors’ economic importance. Gripped by drought and scrambling to save water for homes and factories, Taiwan has shut off irrigation across tens of thousands of acres of farmland.The authorities are compensating growers for the lost income. But Mr. Chuang, 55, worries that the thwarted harvest will drive customers to seek out other …

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Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water

He added, “The market would say water is far more valuable serving urban populations.”The interested players range from financial firms to university endowments to investor groups, including at least two in Colorado led by former governors. T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman who died in 2019, was an early evangelist of water buys. Another supporter is Michael Burry, the hedge fund manager portrayed by Christian Bale in “The Big Short,” who made more than $800 million shorting the subprime mortgage market in the mid-2000s.Matthew Diserio, the president and co-founder of the hedge fund Water Asset Management, has called the …

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