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.



A pioneer in construction trade

The Portland Water Bureau’s senior inspector, Kate Barrett, has been a pioneer for women in construction trade since the late 1970s.


Kate was the first woman to graduate from the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program in Oregon!


She continued breaking glass ceilings by being the first woman carpenter to work for the City of Portland.  Kate later became the first woman inspector and then first woman senior inspector for the Portland Water Bureau!  


Kate has worked hard for the City of Portland for the last 27 years.  As a senior inspector, she ensures that contracting companies provide quality services that meet City standards. 


She experiences great satisfaction when she goes to work and sees many other women working for the Water Bureau and contracting companies. 


Kate is passionate about equity. She co-founded Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. more than a quarter of a century ago.  The organization is dedicated to encouraging and promoting women’s success in trades, through education, leadership, and mentoring. 


Thank you Kate, for your great work and dedication over the last 27 years!


Check out Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.’s website for more information.

November 25, 2014

The magic of the Holiday Express train

Start off the holiday season with an adventure on board a holiday train!


The Holiday Express is a wonderful vintage steam engine.  It takes passengers on a holiday excursion, along the beautiful Oregon Pacific Railroad.


The family-friendly ride starts at Oaks Park Station, and is about 45 minutes long.  During the ride, Santa and his helpful elves make an appearance and visit passengers!


The Holiday Express is put on by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.  The foundation preserves Portland’s historic locomotives and railroad artifacts.  It provides education to the public about Oregon’s railroad history. 


The Holiday Express train rides begin the day after Thanksgiving! Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.

November 24, 2014

Friday Roundup

November 21, 2014

Small Business Saturday

Yesterday, Nick was proud to present a Proclamation to City Council, designating November 29 as Small Business Saturday. 


And, it’s just in time for our city-wide shopping extravaganza - Little Boxes! The two-day holiday season event is from November 28-29.  It’s a great way to shop local, win prizes, and support our neighborhood small businesses.


Small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy.  For every dollar spent at neighborhood small businesses, 70 cents stays in our community. 


As Council liaison to Venture Portland, Nick is proud to support our local small businesses and Little Boxes.  


Learn more about Little Boxes – and down their app – online.


Proclamation: Small Business Saturday


Prepare Yourself for Little Boxes

Katie Guinn in the Portland Mercury

Little Boxes Is the Only Sane Way to Participate in Black Friday

Marjorie Skinner in the Portland Mercury

Little Boxes is back: Portland's small-business answer to big-box Black Friday returns

Anna Marum in The Oregonian

November 20, 2014

Green street planting

It may come as a surprise, but its planting season for the City!


The Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) crews are planting new vegetation in green street facilities along SE Division.


Portland is well known for its green infrastructure, and green street facilities are an important part of that. Planting is the final step in getting the facilities operational and ready to go for the rainy season.


Stormwater hurts the environment and can kill salmon and other critters. Green street facilities use native plants to help filter stormwater and pollutants.  They protect water quality in our local creeks, and keep stormwater out of our sewer systems. 


Check out BES’ website for more information. 


Stormwater could kill salmon, but ‘rain gardens’ help

Keely Chalmers, KGW News

November 19, 2014

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