POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish

Welcome to Commissioner Nick Fish's website

Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He also serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.




It’s the season of giving! And today is #GivingTuesday – the perfect day to give back to your community.


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.


#GivingTuesday first started in 2012 by New York’s 92nd St. Y and the United Nations Foundation. Over the last three years, it has grown into a massive event, with tens of millions of dollars raised by people from around the world!


Get involved and give back! Make a big impact in someone’s life by supporting one of the many great non-profits in our community. Need some ideas? Check out the Willamette Week’s Give! Guide, which highlights some of the best mission-driven non-profits in Portland.


Don’t forget to hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media when you give! Check out #GivingTuesday’s website for more information.


Black Friday, Cyber Monday, now Giving Tuesday

KOIN 6 News Staff


Charities hope Oregonians embrace #GivingTuesday

Kaellen Hessel in KGW News

December 1, 2015

Maintaining high quality water at home

The Portland Water Bureau works hard throughout the year to provide Portlanders with some of the best drinking water in the world.


The Water Bureau monitors and maintains Portland’s vast drinking water system around the city and all the way up to your water meter. Beyond the water meter, and into your home, it’s up to you to retain that high quality drinking water.


Luckily, it’s easy! The Water Bureau has simple tips and tricks to ensure that your water stays safe and delicious.

  • Clean faucet screens (aerators) a few times a year.
  • Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water faucet. Use cold water and heat as needed.
  • If a faucet has not been used for several hours, run cold water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using it for drinking or cooking.
  • Install a backflow device on your irrigation system to make sure water doesn’t flow back into your potable water supply.

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information, and contact the Water Line with any questions or concerns at (503) 823-7525.

November 30, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with friends and loved ones and reflect on the blessings in our lives.


Over the past year, I’ve been inspired by the power of people doing great things in our community. Here are three examples:  

  • Gretchen Kafoury, Debbie Aiona, Susan Emmons, Margaret Bax, Jes Larson and other housing advocates, who challenged the City to honor its promise to build more affordable homes in South Waterfront.
  • City utility employees and public safety officers, who provided support and assistance to the people of Roseburg in their time of need.

These snapshots of 2015 remind us of the true meaning of Thanksgiving – love, service, and gratitude.

November 25, 2015

Winter is coming

Today, the Portland Water Bureau is turning off most of the city’s iconic Benson Bubbler drinking fountains due to upcoming cold weather.


Dropping temperatures can freeze pipes, damage property, and cause safety hazards on sidewalks for pedestrians.


Of the 130 bubblers, two will be kept on to provide water to those who rely on them as their primary water source: one on West Burnside and NW 5th Avenue, and one on the waterfront near the west end of the Streel Bridge.


The Water Bureau has alerted 211info about the change, and asked them to contact homeless service providers to make sure water is available to people in need.


Once the weather warms up, the bubblers will be turned back on.


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information about our Benson Bubblers.

November 24, 2015

Little Boxes 2015

Are you ready for some holiday shopping? Shop local this year and support your neighborhood small businesses with Little Boxes!


Little Boxes is a wonderful local response to the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping tradition. The Portland-wide shopping extravaganza features the best of our small business community.


Little Boxes started in 2011, when small business owner and jewelry designer Betsy Cross of betsy & iya, along with her business partner and husband William Cervarich, brought together several shop owners who agreed to offer discounts and prizes for shoppers.


The event has grown over the last four years into a big success. This year, over 220 small businesses are participating!


Head out to any Little Box on November 27 and 28 and fill out a raffle ticket. You can do this on paper or with their App on your iPhone or Android. There’s no purchase necessary to enter the raffle, and you’ll receive one entry for each store you visit, and bonus raffle entries with each purchase. This year’s prizes include shopping sprees at your favorite Little Box, an Apple iPad Air, a 4-night roundtrip vacation for two, and many other incredible prizes. 


Small businesses are an important part of Portland’s economy. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and drive economic growth. For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community.


Visit Little Boxes’ website for a list of participating businesses and more information.


Photo courtesy of Little Boxes.

November 23, 2015

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