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.



Arts Season in “Fall” Swing


Portland’s arts scene is in full swing as we head into Fall! 


This week, Nick attended some great arts events that highlight Portland’s thriving arts and culture community. 

T:BA Festival


Last night, Nick was pleased to join in the kick-off dinner for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) Time-Based Arts (T:BA) Festival


Celebrating its twelfth year, the 10-day festival draws artists of all mediums from around the United States and the world.  Through September 21, enjoy eclectic, artistic energy throughout the city – in galleries, live performances, and more!


Check out PICA’s website for a schedule of events. 

Literary Arts


On Monday, Nick attended the 30th Anniversary of Literary Arts Celebration, with authors Calvin Trillin and Elizabeth Gilbert.


Formed in 1984, Literary Arts is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to those who love literature and the arts.  Offering the largest literary lecture series in the United States, as well as workshops, seminars and high school programs, Literary Arts provides literary inspiration to thousands in our community.


Visit Literary Arts’ website for more information. 

The Right Brain Initiative


Also on Monday, Nick celebrated with The Right Brain Initiative, as they kicked off a new school year and shared  great news linking the arts and student achievement.  


A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Right Brain engages youth by integrating arts in school curriculums. 


New data demonstrates that students greatly benefit from Right Brain.  Their math and reading scores increase by at least 2.5 times more than the average annual rate of increase!  And, English Language Learners’ scores increase 10 times more than before learning with Right Brain

Right Brain reaches 20,000 students this year, at 59 K-8 schools in the greater Portland area.


Go on The Right Brain Initiative’s website to learn more.

A Matter of Time, The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie

Rebecca Jacobson in the Willamette Week

Art Invasion, The Time-Based Art Festival Achieves Liftoff

Alison Hallett in the Portland Mercury

September 12, 2014

Friday Roundup

September 12, 2014

Utility bills go paperless – and monthly!

Portlanders are lucky to have some of the best drinking water in the world – straight from our visionary Bull Run Watershed – as well as innovative sewer and stormwater management like green street facilities and bioswales.


Your combined water, sewer, and stormwater bill covers those services, provided by the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.


Now, you have the option to pay your bill monthly online! 


The new paperless e-billing system gives customers the option to pay monthly online, rather than mail in a check each quarter. Water Bureau crews will continue to read water meters every three months, but will split the bill into three monthly emailed bills.   


Nick recently switched to monthly billing, and it was easy to get started! 

Monthly e-billing is only available online – it’s fast, convenient, secure, and environmentally friendly (less paper!). 


Sign up today:

For more information, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website.

September 11, 2014

Ahoy Mateys! Arr ye ready for an Aquifer Adventure?

This Saturday, grab your best swashbuckling outfit, and venture off to a pirate-themed festival!


Put on by the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Aquifer Adventure celebrates the importance of groundwater.


The free festival offers many educational and fun adventures for all ages.  Set sail on a pirate canoe, search for buried treasure, build an edible aquifer, and much more. 


Get there early! No registration is required and the first 300 children get free t-shirts.


For more information, check out the Columbia Slough’s website.


Aquifer Adventure

Saturday, September 13, 12 – 4 pm

NE 166th and Airport Way

Photo courtesy of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

September 10, 2014

The power of arts in education

Last night, Nick attended a celebration for The Right Brain Initiative


A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Right Brain engages young minds by integrating art in school curriculums.  Launched in January of 2009, the program has grown to reach 20,000 students this year, at 59 K-8 schools in the greater Portland area.


New data - from the national arts research firm WolfBrown, in partnership with Portland State University’s Center for Student Success - demonstrates that students greatly benefit from the program. 


Students' math and reading scores increase at least 2.5 times more than the average annual rate of increase!  


Schools that engaged most with Right Brain programs saw students averaging 6 points higher in reading scores and 9 points higher in math scores than before working with the program.  English Language Learners’ scores increased the most – 10 times more after Right Brain!


Many thanks to all of the public and private funders of the Right Brain Initiative, including the City of Portland, PGE Foundation, and the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust.   


Learn all about RACC’s educational programs on their website

Oregon Arts Group Claims Achievement Boost

Rob Manning in OPB

Photo courtesy of Frank Hunt and RACC.

September 9, 2014

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