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Aug 13 2012

A Few Good Reads (8/13/12): Cleaning up Manila

This week: Recovery and cleaning up after the Manila floods, the continuing effects of the drought, and the first step in value pricing – listening.

Residents clean up muck-ridden Manila after floods (WTOP)

Philippine disaster officials were shifting Friday from rescue work to a massive clean-up of the capital following nonstop rains that left tons of muck and debris from floods littering the city.

The torrential monsoon rains that began Sunday left at least 60 people dead in the worst flooding in Manila since 2009. More than half of the sprawling metropolis of 12 million was submerged at the peak of the floods, and schools and offices closed for days.

About 2.4 million people in Manila and nearby provinces have been affected, forcing more than 360,000 to seek shelter in government-run evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense reported Friday.

Help needed for 2M Philippine flood victims (ABS-CBN News)

The number of people in schools, gymnasiums and other buildings that had been turned into evacuation centres rose to 315,000 on Thursday, from 150,000 on Wednesday, according to the government’s disaster management council.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of others were left largely to fend for themselves, seeking refuge with friends and relatives, or staying in partly submerged homes.

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Heatwave turns America’s waterways into rivers of death (The Independent)

The cruel summer heat-wave that continues to scorch agricultural crops across much of the United States and which is prompting comparisons with the severe droughts of the 1930s and 1950s is also leading to record-breaking water temperatures in rivers and streams, including the Mississippi, as well as fast-falling navigation levels.

A New Urgency: Drought reignites zeal for impounding Poudre River water for suburbia (Coloradoan)

First, let’s get this out of the way: Nobody is proposing to dam the Poudre River or turn Poudre Canyon into a chain of lakes. At least, not anymore.

But the 2012 drought has brought an often breathless sense of urgency to the debate over the need for the big alternative to damming up Poudre Canyon – a massive dam building project called NISP that would siphon water from the Poudre River and turn a valley on U.S. Highway 287 north of Fort Collins into Glade Reservoir – a lake bigger than Horsetooth Reservoir.

Value Pricing: Step 1: Be a Good Listener (POB)

One of the most important principles to keep in mind is that the client is in charge of the big decisions. Not us–the client. Nothing makes clients feel more helpless than the thought that the surveyor (or any other professional, for that matter) has them at their mercy. Clients who feel helpless are never willing to pay premium prices. (This is exactly why pushing for government mandates that require a new survey every time property is conveyed is a very bad strategy for surveyors.) In fact, the more helpless clients feel, the less willing they are to pay anything. Conversely, once they know they are in charge, the entire dynamic changes.

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