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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.
The Watcher Files
Known as The Watcher Files, the collection includes surveillance documents of activists and civic groups from the 1960s to the 1980s. The files are part of the City of Portland Archives and Records Center.
An interactive addendum to the original Watcher Files, the exhibit includes documents, cabinets, binders, index cards, and more. Delve into history by thumbing through copper index cards and peering into cabinet drawers. Find old framed photos and graphite drawings.
North Portland Library
512 N Killingsworth St.
Photo courtesy of RACC.
October 30, 2014
Managing stormwater sustainably
SW Huber Street got a much needed make-over with a new green street facility.
Before the new facility, the road had a small storm drain that easily clogged with debris and frequently flooded. Stormwater that didn’t go down the drain flowed and carried pollutants to the Quail and Tryon creeks.
The Bureau of Environmental Services constructed the new sustainable green facility. With native plants to filter stormwater pollutants, the facility protects water quality in local creeks. It also slows stormwater runoff to help prevent flooding.
Portland is a leader in green stormwater management. Throughout the city, there are 1400-1500 green street facilities! Green infrastructure filters pollutants, provides habitat, and helps watersheds stay healthy.
Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.
October 29, 2014
Tips for a great garden, all year round
The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooling, and the rainy season is upon us.
While conditions may not be ideal for gardening, take time this fall to give your lawn the TLC it needs so it will be ready to bloom beautifully next spring.
The Portland Water Bureau has tips and tricks to prepare your gardens for the colder seasons:
Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.
October 28, 2014
Westmoreland Park’s grand reopening and salmon celebration
The project included converting a duck pond into a wetland, removing nine culverts, adding walkways, planting nearly 2000 native plants and trees, and much more!
One of the objectives was to restore salmon habitat, and thanks to BES and Parks’ collaborative efforts, salmon are back in the city! Crystal Springs Creek is now a safe, flourishing home for Coho salmon and other critters.
Saturday’s event had family-friendly activities, tours, and even a 29-foot long salmon display! The Grand Ronde and Siletz Native American tribes also participated in the event, with blessings, cultural songs, dance, and food cooked in their delicious, traditional ways.
Children also got to enjoy Portland’s first Nature Play Area! Part of Westmoreland Park’s reconstruction, the unique playground encourages children to use their creativity and imaginations while interacting with nature.
It also serves as a great location for local education and child development programs.
Check out the beautiful Westmoreland Park! And while you’re there, try to spot a Coho salmon as they swim upstream. It’s their spawning season.
Visit BES’ website for more information about the project.
Michael Lloyd in The Oregonian
Tim Gordon in KGW News
October 27, 2014
Celebrating Southeast Division Street
The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and the Portland Bureau of Transportation collaborated on the Streetscape Project, transforming Southeast Division into a “green street.” It now has many new features, including new green street facilities, sidewalks, better access to transit, and, thanks to our friends at the Regional Arts & Culture Council, beautiful public art installations.
OpenFest celebrated the end of the major street construction with fun festivities, including live music, delicious foods, drinks, and lots of shopping!
Nick and Commissioner Novick toured local neighborhood small businesses that were impacted by the construction – like Mirador Kitchen & Home, Josephine’s Dry Goods, and Flying Cat Coffee. Nick returned to the office with a fall bouquet from Floare Design.
Our local small businesses not only add colorful character our neighborhoods, but are also the backbone of Portland’s economy. Let’s support them this autumn and holiday season by shopping locally.
October 24, 2014