POL Government Elected Officials 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.



Out and about with Commissioner Fish


Nick had an especially great day yesterday, with the opportunity to visit some of Portland’s stellar nonprofit organizations.  


In the morning, Nick joined Scott Andrews at LifeWorks Northwest’s annual breakfast fundraiser at the Zoo. The nonprofit supports people struggling with mental illness and addiction. Lifeworks provides proactive and culturally responsive services for people of all ages. 


Afterwards, Spencer Beebe, founder and developer of the award-winning Ecotrust building, gave Nick a tour of Ecotrust’s “The Redd Project” in Southeast Portland. The project focuses on sustainable food in our community. Ecotrust seeks to foster a natural model of development. They help create strong communities, economies, and ecosystems. Ecotrust was just awarded “B Corp Best for the World” for the third time! B Corps are companies that meet very high standards of social and environmental performance, as well as accountability and transparency.


Then, Nick was honored to join Rich Brown as he was recognized at the REAP Legacy Award Luncheon. REAP stands for Reaching & Empowering All People. It provides youth leadership development programs and activities in our diverse communities.   


We’re lucky to live in a city with so many engaged citizens, mission-driven nonprofits, and visionary leaders!

April 17, 2015

Friday Roundup

April 17, 2015

Our healthy Bull Run Watershed

Last month marked the third anniversary of our one-of-a-kind Bull Run Watershed Treatment Variance


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that cities take action to keep the bacteria Cryptosporidium out of our drinking water. “Crypto” causes a terrible gastrointestinal illness that can be especially dangerous for children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. The EPA’s rule says cities must treat for the bacteria at the source of their drinking water.


Thanks to Portland’s outstanding raw water quality, we received a variance for Crypto treatment from the Oregon Health Authority in 2012. The variance allows the Portland Water Bureau to maintain our Bull Run water supply without adding the expensive special treatments for cryptosporidium. We are the only large water system in the nation to receive a variance!


Our visionary Bull Run Watershed not only provides us some of the best drinking water in the world, the protections we have in place in the watershed make Crypto contamination very unlikely. Portland Water Bureau staff monitor our water quality extensively to make sure it stays that way.


The Water Bureau released their Bull Run Treatment Variance Watershed Report for 2014. It includes two very important facts: the Water Bureau remains in full compliance with our variance conditions, and there were zero detections of Crypto in our water!


Check out the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about the Bull Run Watershed Treatment Variance. 

April 16, 2015

Poverty Awareness Week

Today, Nick was honored to speak to students at St. Mary’s Academy, as part of the school’s Poverty Awareness Week.

Nick talked about the documentary, American Winter, which chronicles eight Portland families who struggled during the Great Recession. The film highlights the challenges faced by working families in a “one strike and you’re out” economy.


American Winter features interviews with a number of community leaders, including Nick. The film won a number of awards, and was nominated for an Emmy.


Nick described the film as a “call to action,” and urged students to think about the ways they can make a difference addressing poverty in our community.


Special thanks to Nick’s hosts, including senior student chair, Monet Tyler, as well as the other student advisors and teachers. And congratulations to the St. Mary’s family for shining a light on poverty.

April 15, 2015

The Fish team is hiring!

Our office is seeking a talented professional to fill the Policy Coordinator position.


Learn more about the position here.


Applications are due Monday, April 27. 

April 13, 2015

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