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.



Engaging local youth

Every summer for the past six years, youth and mentors from Straightway Services have volunteered with Portland Water Bureau staff at Powell Butte and local HydroParks.   


The volunteer program offers youth an opportunity to positively contribute to our community.  And Portland Water Bureau really appreciates all of their hard work!  In turn, the youth gain work ethic and experience, as well as a sense of accomplishment and community pride. 


Since 2007, Pastor Dwight Minnieweather has directed Straightway Services, and helped develop the partnership with the Portland Water Bureau. 

Straightway Services provides pivotal life and employment skills, resources, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities to youth in our community. 


Check out Straightway Services’ website for more information about their great organization. 

September 16, 2014


The Portland Building’s art installation space has turned into an archaeological excavation site - for modern art.


Talented artist and Portland resident Yoonhee Choi peels back the layers of art installations long since passed.


Like an archaeologist equipped with carving tools, Choi’s art installation, STRATAscape, involved excavating the walls of the art installation space. 


Intrigued by the hundreds of layers of paint and art under the surface of the walls, she cut into them to reveal the colorful, historical art strata concealed within.


Choi’s wordless, science-inspired homage to former installations may be inspired from her diverse academic background.  She received her Bachelor of Engineering in City Planning in Seoul, Korea, a Master of Architecture from Yale, and most recently studied at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.


STRATAscape begins today!  Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series. 


Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 15, 2014

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

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