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.



Tackle your toilet!

This weekend is the Superbowl.  And, while many eyes will be glued to TVs, there is one unexpected bowl you should definitely keep your eye on: your toilet bowl. 


The toilet is the most common place to find a leak in a home or business.  While a seemingly minor issue, toilets can waste a lot of water – and a lot of your money.


Luckily, checking for toilet leaks is easy! The Portland Water Bureau recommends using these ‘Three Rs’ to tackle your toilet and save money:


Remember to check your toilet for leaks twice a year.  Add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes.  If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, there’s a leak.


Repair your leaks! Check out the Regional Water Providers Consortium’s short video on how to repair a leaky toilet.


Replace older toilets with a WaterSense high-efficiency one.  Older toilets can use up to four times more water per flush.  The Portland Water Bureau offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet with a high-efficiency one. For complete details, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/rebate


Get tackling! For more information, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website.

January 29, 2015

Monthly Statements Arrive for City Utility Customers

You asked, we listened! The City’s two utility bureaus, Environmental Services and Water, value excellent customer service. In response to customer requests, we are excited to offer an option to pay monthly – rather than quarterly – to the 97% of customers who are eligible.


To keep administrative costs down, the monthly statement option was initially limited to paperless (e-bill) customers when it launched in October 2013. When we heard from some customers that the e-bill requirement was a barrier, we began working to remove it. We committed to removing that requirement before 2015, and beat our deadline, launching the free and voluntary program in November 2014. As of Jan. 27, 2015, 13,122 customers are already signed up. ...Keep reading.


Portland offers monthly mailed water/sewer statements

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Monthly water, sewer bills now available

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

January 28, 2015

Crystal Clear


Last fall, the City celebrated the grand re-opening of Westmoreland Park and the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek in Southeast Portland.


Straw Bale Films, a local film company that focuses on sustainable practices and environmental concerns, produced Crystal Clear, a short film about the incredible restoration. 


The film highlights the history, restoration, and success of Crystal Springs Creek. The City’s Bureau of Environmental Services was proud to partner with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Reed College, and other community groups to restore the creek’s natural environment. 


Crystal Springs is a major tributary to Johnson Creek, and flows into the Willamette River.  It’s an important habitat for salmon, birds, and other wildlife.  


Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information. 

January 27, 2015

Stewardship Grants

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is accepting pre-applications for their Stewardship Grants. 


The grants are for innovative projects that help improve Portland’s neighborhoods and communities, as well as watershed health.  Examples of funded projects include youth leadership and skills development, community gardens and green spaces, art and education, and more!


Since 1995, the CWSP has provided over $867,000 in grants to local organizations!


For the average residential sewer ratepayer, the grants represent an investment of about 24 cents a year, and every grant dollar invested leverages three dollars in volunteer time and similar contributions. 


Pre-applications are due by 4:00pm on Friday, February 6.   Selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications in the spring. 


For more information, visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website.

January 26, 2015

Free Fix-It Fair

Check out the City’s first Fix-It Fair of 2015 tomorrow!


Fix-It Fairs are free events that teach you simple ways to save money and keep your family healthy.


Visit exhibits and participate in workshops from many of our community partners. Experts will be on hand to discuss water and energy savings, health, nutrition, community resources, recycling, and more!

Staff from the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services will be at the fair – stop by their booths to learn more about watershed health and water conservation.


The fairs provide free, professional childcare and lunch.   


Fix-It Fair

Saturday, January 24 9:30 am – 3 pm

Rosa Parks Elementary School

8960 N Woolsey Ave.


Can’t make it tomorrow? The next Fix-It fair is Saturday, February 21. Some workshops will be offered in Spanish! 


Fix-It FairClases en español

Saturday, February 21, 9:30 am – 3 pm

David Douglas High School

1001 SE 135th Ave.


Visit Fix-It Fair's website for more information. 

January 23, 2015

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