POL Government Elected Officials 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.



Watershed Report Cards

Good science drives good policy.


Over the last 50 years, we’ve made great progress for the health of our watersheds. From the Big Pipe to the Crystal Springs Creek Restoration project, our public investments have made a difference.


The Bureau of Environmental Services has a new tool to help guide the next chapter in our story: Watershed Report Cards.


Healthy watersheds protect public health, make our community more livable, and support native fish and wildlife.


The Report Cards are a grading system to track Portland’s watershed health. Each watershed is assigned 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.


Check out BES' website for more information.


Portland Watersheds get inaugural report card; city and green leaders call it powerful tool

Andre Theen in The Oregonian

May 4, 2015

The Portland Water Bureau Administrator Recruitment

The Portland Water Bureau is hiring a New Leader.


The City of Portland is looking for a highly qualified professional to lead the Portland Water Bureau.


The Water Bureau Administrator is responsible for managing a workforce of over 550 represented and non-represented employees. A successful candidate will possess the necessary experience to provide leadership, policy planning, direction, and operation of the bureau. 


The mission of the Water Bureau is to provide safe, reliable and high quality water to nearly one million customers in the region. 


Applications are due by 4:30 on Monday, June 1. 


Learn more about the position on the Water Bureau’s website.

May 4, 2015

Friday Roundup

2015 Arts Oversight Committee Report


Check Portland watershed health grades online

Bureau of Environmental Services


Portland's new Kelly Butte Reservoir is open, funneling water to city taps

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Water Bureau Shows Off New Reservoirs

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB


Portland can expect $50 million in new revenue for 2015-16, officials say

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


State of Housing in Portland - Phase One

Portland Housing Bureau


Portland nearly 1,500 units short of central city affordable housing goal

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland Struggles With Affordable Housing

Michelle Leis in OPB


To Catch a Bike Thief

Matthew Korfhage in Willamette Week


Utility watchdog group: Stop developer discounts

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Grant Constitution Team wins national trophy

Pamplin Media Group in the Portland Tribune 


Uber unleashed

Don McIntosh in NW Labor Press

May 1, 2015



Are you ready for a swashbuckling comedy adventure?


Portland Center Stage presents Cyrano, a dramatic and delightful comedic play set in 17th century France. 


This modern adaptation follows Cyrano, a talented swordsman with a beautiful soul, who has a giant nose. Cyrano is in love with the stunning Roxane. She is being pursued by a young soldier, and Cyrano makes it his mission to creatively get her suitor out of the picture.


Portland Center Stage is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) General Operating Support program.  Arts organizations benefit from RACC’s funding so they can enrich our community with wonderful arts performances, educational programs, and more.


Cyrano runs through May 3 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.


Check out Portland Center Stage’s website to learn more.



Gerding Theater at the Armory

U.S. Bank Main Stage

128 NW 11th Ave.

April 30, 2015

Arts Education & Access Fund Making a Difference

This afternoon, Commissioner Fish was pleased to welcome the Arts Oversight Committee (AOC) to present their 2015 report to City Council.


The AOC, Chaired by Stan Penkin, is a public citizen group which oversees the Arts Education & Access Fund income tax (the “Arts Tax”). The AOC Report analyzes how nearly $7 million has been invested in our public schools and local arts organizations.


Thanks to the tax, more than 30,000 children, ages Kindergarten to 5th grade, are enjoying better arts education in our schools. And more than 80 teachers in 6 public schools districts are helping make it happen.


Council members were surprised by a few special guests from Capitol Hill Elementary School, the Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC), the Access Academy, Peninsula Elementary, and Glencoe Elementary School today. Student artists presented each Council member with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork!


Nick is proud to display “Seasons” by MLC students Esja Mirti and Millie Jarvis in his office.


In addition to arts in our schools, the Regional Arts & Culture Council has invested millions in operating support for a number of local arts organizations thanks to the Arts Tax funding. They have also awarded special grants to organizations focused on increasing access to the arts for all.


Special thanks to the AOC, students, teachers and school districts, RACC, the City’s Revenue Division, and our local arts organizations for helping make the arts the heart of our community.


Read the AOC's full report online, or view a summary here.


And look for Nick's piece, "Arts Education Matters," coming soon in the May/June issue of Artslandia magazine!

April 29, 2015

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