POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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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.



Trick or Treat!

Many of Portland’s great neighborhood business associations are getting spooky for Halloween!


Tonight, stop by your participating local neighborhood small businesses for tasty treats, special deals, prizes, and more!  With many fun family-friendly events, it’s a great way celebrate All Hallows’ Eve while supporting your local economy. 


Neighborhood small businesses add wonderful character to Portland and are the backbone of our economy.


Check out the list below for some participating neighborhood associations:


Hollywood Great Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Hollywood Business District

2:00 – 5:00 pm


Trick or Treat on Mississippi Avenue

Follow the orange and black balloons! They mark stores that offer sweets.   

Mississippi Ave.

3:00 – 6:00 pm


Multnomah Village Halloween in the Village

SW 35th Ave and Capitol Highway

3:30 – 5:30 pm


Overlook Village Halloween Crawl

Throughout Overlook Village

5:00 – 7:00 pm


Visit Venture Portland’s website for more information.

October 31, 2014

Friday Roundup

October 31, 2014

The Watcher Files

Local artists Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand take viewers on an artistic and literary exploration of old police surveillance files.


Known as The Watcher Files, the collection includes surveillance documents of activists and civic groups from the 1960s to the 1980s. The files are part of the City of Portland Archives and Records Center.


An interactive addendum to the original Watcher Files, the exhibit includes documents, cabinets, binders, index cards, and more.  Delve into history by thumbing through copper index cards and peering into cabinet drawers.  Find old framed photos and graphite drawings. 


The exhibit is funded by the Percent for Art program and administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)


The Watcher Files art and literary exhibit is now up at the North Portland Library! Visit RACC’s website for more information. 


The Watcher Files

North Portland Library

512 N Killingsworth St.

Open daily

Photo courtesy of RACC.

October 30, 2014

Managing stormwater sustainably

SW Huber Street got a much needed make-over with a new green street facility.


Before the new facility, the road had a small storm drain that easily clogged with debris and frequently flooded. Stormwater that didn’t go down the drain flowed and carried pollutants to the Quail and Tryon creeks. 


The Bureau of Environmental Services constructed the new sustainable green facility.  With native plants to filter stormwater pollutants, the facility protects water quality in local creeks.  It also slows stormwater runoff to help prevent flooding.


Portland is a leader in green stormwater management.  Throughout the city, there are 1400-1500 green street facilities! Green infrastructure filters pollutants, provides habitat, and helps watersheds stay healthy.  


Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.

October 29, 2014

Tips for a great garden, all year round

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooling, and the rainy season is upon us.


While conditions may not be ideal for gardening, take time this fall to give your lawn the TLC it needs so it will be ready to bloom beautifully next spring.


The Portland Water Bureau has tips and tricks to prepare your gardens for the colder seasons:

  1. Make your own mulch by composting leaves and other garden debris. It’ll be great to use in the spring!
  2. Plant ‘waterwise’ plants.  Perfect for fall rainy weather, waterwise plants require lots of water while being established.  Afterwards, it needs less water than traditional plants, meaning less watering in the warmer months. 
  3. Winterize your automatic sprinkler system.  Empty the sprinklers of water, and don’t forget to turn them off.  This will save you money by preventing pipes from breaking during freezing temperatures.

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

October 28, 2014

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