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.



Paddle through the Columbia Slough

This Sunday, grab your family, and head to the 20th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta!


This on-the-water festival is great for families and enthusiastic kayakers or canoeists alike.  Paddle at your own pace, and enjoy a peaceful wildlife-watching excursion on calm, safe water.  


Sponsored in part by the Portland Water Bureau, the Columbia’s hidden waterway is an important habitat for some of Oregon’s most beautiful creatures, including bald eagles, Western Painted turtles, otters, and more!  

Register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.


Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday, August 3, 9 am – 1 pm

NE Mason Street and NE 150th Court

August 1, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 1, 2014

Soccer City, USA in the spotlight

Get ready Portland! This Friday ushers in a week-long celebration of world-class soccer.


Portland will welcome our MLS All Stars and Germany’s Bayern Munich with a number of events – including free concerts on the Waterfront, the chance to watch World Cup champs train at Providence Park, and a pop-up soccer field in Pioneer Square!


Our local small businesses have also caught soccer fever. Thanks to grants from Venture Portland, the Hawthorne, Parkrose, Overlook and University Park business associations are each hosting soccer events and special promotions in their districts (see list below for more info).


On Wednesday, Portland will be the world’s soccer spotlight as our MLS All Stars take on Bayern Munich at Providence Park. The German squad will include World Cup stars such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, and the World Cup Final winning goal-scorer, Mario Gotze.


The Oregonian’s Jaime Hale breaks it down for us – from soccer matches to grilled cheese contests, Portland is showing the world why we’re known as Soccer City, USA.


Overlook Village Kick it Up!

August 2, 11 am – 4 pm

N Killingsworth St & Concord Ave


Hawthorne Boulevard - Kick Kick Score!

August 3, 11 am – 6 pm

SE Hawthorne & 18th Ave


Shop Parkrose to Score!

August 1-9

Parkrose Business District


University Park Ticket to Soccer City USA

Now through August 4

University Park Business District

Once Portland landed 2014 MLS All-Star Game, Merritt Paulson knew he 'wanted to do it big'

Jame Goldberg in The Oregonian

MLS All-Star Games features best talent yet in 19th season

Pete Christopher in The Oregonian

July 31, 2014

Monitoring our watersheds

The Portland Area Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program (PAWMAP) measures the health of our local watersheds.

Based on a national monitoring program called EMAP, PAWMAP samples 32 sites each year along the Willamette River, Columbia Slough, and Johnson, Fanno, and Tryon Creeks. 

Using top-notch science, PAWMAP uses the samples to show overall health of our waterways, including water temperature, oxygen levels, and presence of pathogens or metals. The results help us determine the effectiveness of protection and restoration projects, and how our sewage treatment and stormwater management programs are working. The information also lets us compare our watershed health against other waterways, both locally and nationally. 


Over the last few months, PAWMAP biologists have been surveying bird populations to help assess the quality and health of our watershed. A biologist counts all of the birds they see in an 8-minute period, creating a “bird census.”

With programs like PAWMAP, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) ensures that our watersheds are healthy – which protects public health, makes our communities more livable, and supports Oregon’s beautiful plants and critters.  It also ensures a healthy place to live for future generations of Oregonians.

BES publishes its findings annually.  Check out the reports on BES’ website.

July 30, 2014

Shine bright like a diamond

The lights on Broadway are shining brighter!


Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon, is making Portland dazzle –with quality, energy-efficient lighting.


Last week, 7,642 light bulbs were changed outside the Newmark, Brunish, and Winningstad Theaters, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – including our iconic Portland sign on SW Broadway. 


Old, energy-draining bulbs were replaced with long lasting, energy-efficient LED bulbs that have at least 5 year lifespans - saving 186,000 kilowatt hours.  That’s enough energy to power 16 households!  Portland’5 will also save a lot of money – more than $18,000 annually.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison for Portland’5, the 5th largest performing arts center in the nation. Each year, they bring over 1,000 performances, lectures, – and now, sustainable lighting - to Portland in some of our most iconic buildings. 


Portland's arts center replaces 7,642 light bulbs to save energy, dollars

David Stabler in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.

July 29, 2014

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