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.



Friday Roundup

April 24, 2015

Supporting the arts

Portland is a great place to live, work, and play thanks to the arts. 


Nick is proud to serve as the Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), our local arts and culture champion. RACC provides millions in grants each year to local artists, arts organizations, and education programs in our community.


RACC announced an additional $200,000 in grants for 11 Portland-based arts organizations through RACC’s General Operating Support program. Arts organizations count on the funding so they can enrich our community with arts education, music, theater, dance, and more!


The boost in funding is thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund (AEAF), as well as funding from the City of Portland. The AEAF income tax generates more than $7 million each year to support arts education in our public schools, and to help expand access to the arts for all.


Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

April 23, 2015

Making Earth Day every day

Portland is famous for being green. From forests and open spaces to urban streams and watersheds, Portlanders are lucky to share their space with a rich, natural environment.


Portland is also famous for its “green” practices. In celebration of Earth Day, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announced a new grading system to track Portland’s watershed health.


Healthy watersheds protect public health, make our community more livable, and support native fish and wildlife. BES’s new Watershed Report Cards will assign A-F letter grades for temperature, mineral content, wildlife numbers, tree canopy, and more! Not only will the City be better able to identify problem areas, but Portlanders will also get a bigger picture of our overall environmental health – and how they can get involved in keeping Portland green.


We’ll grade watersheds across our community – in the Willamette, Willamette Tributaries, Fanno Creek, Tryon Creek, Columbia Slough, and Johnson Creek.


Watershed Report Cards will go live on BES’s website on May 1!


BES Watershed Report Cards PowerPoint

April 22, 2015

Sustainability at Crystal Springs Creek

The City of Portland continues to be a leader in sustainability. 


The American Planning Association (APA) awarded the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and Portland Parks & Recreation (Parks) with the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project award.


The annual award honors projects, policies, organizations making a difference in developing sustainable communities. 


Marie Walkiewicz from BES and Brett Horner from Parks accepted the award on behalf of the bureaus at APA’s Second Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability conference in Seattle. 


BES and Parks earned the honor for their great partnership on the Crystal Springs Creek restoration project.


Crystal Springs is a major tributary of Johnson Creek that originates from springs near Reed College. 


The restoration project’s aim was to enhance conditions of the creek and improve water quality. It included converting a duck pond into a wetland, removing nine culverts, adding walkways, planting nearly 2,000 native plants and trees, and much more!

One of the main objectives of the project was to also restore salmon habitat. Thanks to BES and Parks’ innovative collaboration, salmon came back to Portland during last year’s spawning season, and will be back for years to come.


Crystal Springs is now a safe, sustainable, flourishing home for salmon and other critters. 


Check out BES’ website to learn more about the Crystal Springs Creek restoration project. 

April 21, 2015

Take a stroll through Portland’s art

April showers bring May flowers… but what does April sunshine bring? An opportunity to get outside and take a stroll through Portland’s public artworks!


Portland has more than 1,900 publicly-owned pieces of art – including sculptures, photographs, paintings, murals, and more.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, our local nonprofit in charge of curating and caring for our public art collection. RACC’s website provides an exhaustive, searchable database of all of our public artwork: www.racc.org/public-art/search


Public Art PDX is a free iPhone/iPod app that showcases more than 400 of Portland’s public artworks on display around our city. The app provides a location-based map to show you which artwork is near you! The app includes photos of the work, details about the artist, and more.


Portland is a special place to live, work, and play thanks to the arts. Download Public Art PDX, grab your sunscreen and go for a walk, and find your new favorite piece of public art!


Learn more about our public art collection on RACC’s website.

April 20, 2015

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