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.



The 1964 Christmas Flood

Today, December 22, marks the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 Christmas Flood.


The flood followed heavy rain, and caused significant damage throughout the Pacific Northwest, including here in Portland.  At its peak, water hit the top of the downtown waterfront’s seawall.  Parts of the Steel Bridge were underwater, and the Hawthorne Bridge was severely damaged debris, including nearly 1,000 logs. 


Heavy rains and floods also damaged the water system infrastructure at the Bull Run Watershed, Portland’s water source.  Only one of the three conduits remained intact and in service throughout the flood.  Thankfully, it still provided Portlanders with enough water to avoid shortages. 


Learn more about the flood from Clackamas County’s oral history videos.  The videos are presented through personal stories from Sandy River basin residents, where the Bull Run Watershed is located. 


The 1964 Christmas Flood: Oregonian carried stories, readers lived them

John Killen in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of The Oregonian. 

December 22, 2014

Friday Roundup

December 19, 2014

Art project grants

This year, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded over $600,000 in project grants for 146 projects and programs in the tri-county region!


The Project Grant Program provides financial support to non-profits, school, and artists.  Grants are up to $6,000 and awarded in three categories: Community Participation, Arts-In-Schools, and Artistic Focus. 


Nearly half of the grant applications received were awarded full or partial funding. 65 grants went to nonprofits and schools, and 80 went to individual local artists. 


Nick is proud to serve as City Council liaison to RACC – the City of Portland is RACC’s largest funding source. 


RACC is committed to funding diverse and accessible art programs that reach all people in our community.


Check out RACC’s website for a complete list of funded projects. 

Photo courtesy of RACC.

December 18, 2014

Unidirectional flushing

The Portland Water Bureau works hard throughout the year to provide us with some of the best drinking water in nation.


One of the ways the Water Bureau maintains our high quality water is by unidirectional flushing (UDF). 


Over time, tiny bits of sediment and organic matter from the Bull Run watershed settle and accumulate in the bottom of pipes.  Unidirectional flushing forces high-speed water through pipes to remove those sediments.  Flushing crews temporarily close valves to isolate sections of pipe, and water is directed through an open fire hydrant. 


This year, over 43 miles of water mains have been flushed in southwest and northwest Portland. 


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information. 

December 17, 2014

Community Watershed Stewardship grants

Do you have a "green" idea for your neighborhood? The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is accepting grant applications through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program


The program gives Portlanders an opportunity to enhance their neighborhoods and communities, while improving the health of our watersheds.  Grants are up to $10,000!


The program is a partnership between BES and Portland State University.  Since it began in 1995, it has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects!


Across the city, people are getting involved in their neighborhoods, and making a lasting difference in their communities.   And you can too!  Need help developing project ideas or filling out your application?  Join BES staff at one of these three grant workshops:


Saturday, December 6

1 – 2:30 pm

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue


Tuesday, January 6

6 – 7: 30 pm

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard


Saturday, January 17

4 – 5:30 pm

St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave.


Check out BES’ website for more information. 

December 16, 2014

RSS Feed