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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.
River View Natural Area
More than 50,000 trees and shrubs are planted in southwest Portland!
The River View Natural Area is a beautiful 146 - acre forest with seven streams that flow in the Willamette River. Located between the River View Cemetery and Lewis and Clark College, the lush forest will soon become a recreation destination for off-road bikers and nature enthusiasts.
In 2011, when Nick was Parks Commissioner, the City purchased the River View Natural Area from the River View Cemetery. The forest is now permanently protected from development, and is an important addition to the Westside Wildlife Corridor.
In the past, invasive species, like English Ivy, wreaked havoc on the forest’s sensitive ecosystems. Today, thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Watershed Revegetation Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and volunteers from the community, invasive species in the River View Natural Area have been reduced by 95%! The program protects water quality, prevents erosion and landslides, and helps restore abundant forests.
Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.
Photo: Thanks to flickr user SoulRider.222 for the beautiful shot of Mt. Hood from the River View property
March 12, 2014
City utility rate review
Join Nick and the Portland City Council to learn more about a proposed 4.92% sewer, stormwater, and water services rate increase for FY 2014-15, and share your feedback with the Council.
The meeting will include a brief overview of operating budgets, capital improvement programs and projects, and the rate-making process for the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).
Typically, utility rate-making occurs near the end of the City budget process in May. To increase transparency, Nick and Mayor Hales are bringing the proposed rate increase to the public as soon as possible.
Your City Council, along with staff from both PWB and BES, will be on hand to answer questions.
The City Utility Rate Review will be held on March 19 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Parkrose High School. Doors will open early, so if you want to come before the formal agenda begins to talk with staff or learn more about the bureaus, please do!
Learn more about the City budget process at the City Budget Office website.
City Utility Rate Review
6:30 - 8:30 pm
12003 NE Shaver St.
March 11, 2014
Slough 101 Workshop
Learn all about the Columbia Slough Watershed and its unique history!
The Columbia Slough is a beautiful 60-mile long floodplain of the Columbia River. Previously, Native Americans lived along the wetlands. Today, ten percent of all jobs in Oregon are located around the Slough.
Slough 101 is a free workshop that covers watershed health, environmental issues, wildlife and history of the region. Participate in hands-on activities and go on levee and pump station tours. Eight local experts will be on hand to answer a range of questions, from where to see Great Blue Herons to flood management.
Slough 101 is on Saturday, March 15, from 9 am – 12:45 pm at the Multnomah County Drainage District. Light refreshments are provided. Please register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.
9 am – 12:45 pm
Saturday, March 15 2014
Multnomah County Drainage Districts
1880 NE Elrod Dr.
March 10, 2014
Division/Clinton First Friday
The Division/Clinton Business Association is hosting a First Friday event tonight!
Every first Friday of the month, Portlanders and local businesses get together and enjoy entertainment, art, and great food in this historic neighborhood.
The Division/Clinton Business Association has been going strong since the 1930s, promoting the prosperity of the neighborhood for residents and local businesses alike.
Check out Venture Portland’s website for more upcoming events in Portland neighborhoods.
Photo courtesy of Venture Portland.
March 7, 2014
Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune, March 5, 2014
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, March 4, 2014
Jamie Hale in the Oregonian, February 28, 2014
Commissioner Amanda Fritz in The Oregonian, February 28, 2014
March 7, 2014