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.



Portland's Public Art

As a passionate supporter of the arts – including jazz, modern dance, and sculpture – Nick is honored to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).


Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have a large, diverse collection of publicly-owned art.


The collection includes more than 1,900 works of art – paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more – displayed across Portland in neighborhoods, schools, libraries, and other public buildings.


In Nick’s office, we are proud to display our own gallery of public art from the collection, including carved wood pieces, abstract paintings, photographs, and watercolors.


2015 is a big year for the arts – we’re celebrating 10 years of Work for Art, 20 years of RACC, Portlandia’s 30th birthday, and 35 years of our Percent for Art program.


Portland is blessed with a strong arts community. Take a walk in your neighborhood, view our public collection on RACC’s website, or download the free PublicArtPDX app on your iPhone to find art near you!

August 31, 2015

Out & About with Nick


On Friday, Nick enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the office and into the community.


First, he visited his friends at Rossi Farms in the Parkrose neighborhood.


The farm dates back to the 19th century, and the Rossi family has been providing fresh, healthy produce to East Portland families since 1920. Rossi is famous for its 18 varieties of handpicked heirloom potatoes – you can buy them at the farm or local farmers markets across Portland.


Thanks to Joe Rossi, his daughter Gabrielle, and Market Manager Aaron for hosting Nick. Visit Rossi's website to learn more about this great family-owned business.


Next, Nick stopped by Leach Botanical Garden in the Lents neighborhood.


The City-owned garden has been open to the public for more than 30 years. Led by Executive Director David Porter, the garden has grown to more than 17 acres – including native and exotic plants, and an extensive botanical library!


The garden is hard at work on its next phase: transforming 8 undeveloped acres into a new Upper Garden.


Nick also joined The Skanner publisher Bernie Foster and the Skanner Foundation at a screening of The Wake of Vanport, a documentary about the once second-largest city in Oregon.


Vanport, located in North Portland, was home to about 40,000 people. 40% were African American. Many Vanport residents worked in the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II.


In 1948, a section of the dike holding back the nearby Columbia River collapsed, and flooded the city – leaving all of its residents homeless.


The Wake of Vanport captures the stories of Vanport survivors, and reminds us about this important piece of Oregon history.


On Sunday, Nick was honored to join The Circus Project for their free Summer Community Showcase.


The Circus Project launched in 2008, connecting social justice and the arts. Its mission: to empower homeless and at-risk youth and young adults through circus performance.


Over the last seven years, they’ve expanded their programs to include classes for the general public, and even a Professional Performance Troupe!


The organization moved into their new home in Northwest Portland earlier this year – with even more opportunities for youth to access their innovative programs.


Finally, Nick joined a sell-out crowd of fellow Portland Thorns fans on Sunday evening for the women’s final home game of the season.


Soccer City, USA will proudly host the National Women’s Soccer League championship game on October 1 at Providence Park!


'Wake of Vanport' Draws More Survivor Stories

The Skanner News

August 31, 2015

The Weekly Catch

August 28, 2015

Johnson Creek Clean Up

Join fellow volunteers in Southeast Portland this Saturday for the 2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up!  


Johnson Creek flows from Boring, Oregon through Portland to the Willamette River. It passes through lush forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more. About 170,000 people live within its 52 square mile watershed, and it’s one of our most important environmental resources.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with many local environmentally conscious organizations for the clean-up, including the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. The Council is a local volunteer group dedicated to protecting and restoring the beautiful watershed.


Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, eliminate invasive plants, and help keep our watershed healthy.


Visit the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s website for more information. 


2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up

Saturday, August 29th

9 am – 12 pm; registration at 8:30 am

6201 SE Overland St. in Milwaukie


Photo courtesy of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

August 27, 2015

Forest for the Trees 2015

Portland has a wonderful array of creative neighborhood murals – and we are getting even more!


Forest for the Trees is a nonprofit contemporary arts project. Since 2013, it has brought a group of local and international artists to create murals around Portland. This year, 29 artists will paint 19 murals around our neighborhoods.


The project is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The colorful array of unique murals helps build community pride and engagement. The main objective of the project is to make art an accessible and interactive part of our daily lives.


The project started on Monday, with most murals finishing up by the end of the week. Check out Forest for the Trees website to learn more.


Portland to get 19 new murals during weeklong Forest for the Trees event

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

August 27, 2015

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