POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner 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.



Mississippi Street Fair this Saturday

The Historic Mississippi Avenue Business District invites you to join them this Saturday for the 13th Annual Mississippi Street Fair!


It’s going to be a scorcher tomorrow, so pack up your water, a summer hat, and some sunscreen, and head down to North Mississippi Avenue. The fair is free and fun for the whole family – with dunk tanks, a Grandfather’s “rib-off” competition, over 40 musical acts, and more! Browse the nearly 200 local vendors.  Taste delicious delights from food carts and restaurants.  For those 21 and older, there are beer and wine gardens.   


Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.


Portland has many interesting street fairs and events during the warm summer months. Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, an organization dedicated to growing Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts. “Venture Out” this summer and check out upcoming summer street fairs and events.


Mississippi Street Fair

Saturday, July 12, 10 am – 9 pm

N Mississippi Ave., from N Fremont to N Skidmore

July 11, 2014

Friday Roundup

July 11, 2014

Restoring habitat

Crews began construction on the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project along Johnson Creek last week.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with Metro and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District to complete the project, which will not only protect our sewer infrastructure, it will also give us the opportunity to improve the natural habitat.


A 76-inch sewer pipe crosses Johnson Creek near the Springwater Corridor Trail. Unfortunately, due to erosion in the creek bed and banks, part of the pipe has become exposed – and is in danger of failing or blocking fish passage. If the pipe were to break, sewage would release into the river, threatening both public health and our local wildlife.


Crews will repair and bury the pipe, ensure it is stable, and then begin restoration along the creek. We’ll create a new stable stream crossing, and actually move the creek and its floodplain to a safer location!  


The 2,000 feet of new stream channel and 5 acres of new floodplain will improve the creek’s water quality and strengthen the habitat for endangered salmon, trout, and other native species. 


The 10-acre piece of land will eventually be home to a 6-acre natural area and a 4-acre park!


Check out BES’ website for more information.   

July 10, 2014

Grants for local arts organizations

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced the first round of General Operating Support grant awardees for 2014-15.


Over $1.1 million will be invested in nearly 50 local nonprofit arts organizations.  New additions include Disjecta, Pendulum Aerial Arts, and Portland Jazz Festival.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, as it provides funds for diverse art programs in our community. 

A panel of RACC board members and community volunteers rigorously reviewed many local arts organizations.  One of the requirements of RACC-funded organizations is that all performances must be available to the public – without discrimination – and take place in venues that are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility must also be demonstrated. 


Check out RACC’s website for the full list of awardees. 

Photo courtesy of RACC. 

July 9, 2014

Hug a tree!

Last year, Portland set the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one minute. 


This Saturday, join us at 2 pm at Hoyt Arboretum, and help Portland defend that title! Grab your friends and family and ensure our place as the top tree-hugging community in the world.


After you have hugged a tree, stay at the Arboretum to enjoy the warm summer day with picnicking, live music, games, and learning facts about our environment. 


Sponsored by the Bureau of Environmental Services, Friends of Trees, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Treecology, Inc., the event is free and open to the public.  


Saturday, July 12, 2 pm

Hoyt Arboretum

SW Kingston Blvd and SW Knights Blvd

July 8, 2014

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