POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner 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 is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Unidirectional flushing

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


One of the ways the Water Bureau maintains our high quality water is by unidirectional flushing (UDF). 


Over time, tiny bits of sediment and organic matter from the Bull Run watershed settle and accumulate in the bottom of pipes.  Unidirectional flushing forces high-speed water through pipes to remove those sediments.  Flushing crews temporarily close valves to isolate sections of pipe, and water is directed through an open fire hydrant. 


This year, over 43 miles of water mains have been flushed in southwest and northwest Portland. 


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information. 

December 17, 2014

Community Watershed Stewardship grants

Do you have a "green" idea for your neighborhood? The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is accepting grant applications through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program


The program gives Portlanders an opportunity to enhance their neighborhoods and communities, while improving the health of our watersheds.  Grants are up to $10,000!


The program is a partnership between BES and Portland State University.  Since it began in 1995, it has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects!


Across the city, people are getting involved in their neighborhoods, and making a lasting difference in their communities.   And you can too!  Need help developing project ideas or filling out your application?  Join BES staff at one of these three grant workshops:


Saturday, December 6

1 – 2:30 pm

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue


Tuesday, January 6

6 – 7: 30 pm

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard


Saturday, January 17

4 – 5:30 pm

St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave.


Check out BES’ website for more information. 

December 16, 2014

Are you looking for a muralist?

The first issue of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Muralist Roster is now available!  The on-line resource is a great guide for those in the greater Portland area seeking artists for a mural project. 


The Roster features talented local artists who were selected by RACC’s Public Art Murals Program Committee.  Read the artists’ bio, view details on their past projects, and more! They have great skills and experience in painting murals and/or large scale artworks. 


Public art murals are wonderful expressions of art and community engagement.  They beautify our streets and deter graffiti.   


Check out RACC’s Public Art Murals Program page for more details, or contact Peggy Kendellen at pkendellen@racc.org


Photo courtesy of RACC.

December 15, 2014

Friday Roundup

December 12, 2014

Celebrating human rights


Today, Nick was honored to speak at the Emily G. Gottfried Award Ceremony, presented by the Portland Human Rights Commission


The event celebrated human rights leaders in our community.  Former Senator Avel Gordly received the lifetime achievement award.  Senator Gordly was the first African American women elected to the Oregon State Senate.  The Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA), Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, received the award for outstanding organization. Corey L. Murphy, director of operations with Pride Northwest, was recognized as an emerging leader.   


The event also honored the memory and legacy of Emily G. Gottfried.  Emily was a champion of human rights, and organized the first annual Human Rights Award Luncheon last year.  She passed away in 2013.   


The Human Rights Commission is dedicated to ending discrimination, and to build greater justice and inclusion for all those who live and spend time in Portland.  It is guided by the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 


Congratulations to all the awardees!  We appreciate your dedication to furthering human rights in Portland.


Learn more about the Portland Human Rights Commission on their website

December 11, 2014

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