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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.

    

     


In the summer of '15

There’s been a lot of talk about droughts recently. With much of the west coast experiencing dry spells and Portland’s recent heat waves, it’s no surprise that people are concerned about our water supply. 

 

Luckily, Portlanders have an abundance of water, thanks to our visionary Bull Run Watershed and our Columbia South Shore Well Field. Our reservoirs in the Bull Run rely on rain rather than snow – and Mt. Hood had a rainy year!

 

A century ago, Portlanders also faced a hot, dry summer. An editorial from The Oregonian revealed a glimpse into the past. In the summer of 1915, the average Portlander used 112 gallons of water per day, which was quite a bit less than people in other US cities. 

 

Today, the average Portlander uses 52 gallons per day at home – considerably less than a hundred years ago. We are fortunate to have conservation-minded citizens and our incredible water supply.

 

Check out the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about the summer of 1915, and about our great water sources.   


July 28, 2015

Painting Portland

Portland is getting more incredible art murals!

 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) board of directors has approved funding for two new Public Art Mural projects that showcase Portland’s diversity and unique character.

 

One is a seven-mural project in partnership with Forest for the Trees Northwest. The local non-profit brings 30 local and international artists to Portland for one week in August. The artists work together and paint incredible murals around the city. The goal of the project is to celebrate Portland’s evolving diverse identity through colorful, eclectic paintings. 

 

The other project is a giant mural with the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in the Lents neighborhood. It will be 90 ft. by 25 ft. on the Club’s east-facing wall. The mural is a neighborhood collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), and gang-affected youth from Latino Network and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. The mural symbolizes the strength and interdependence of the Lents community.

 

The Public Art Murals Program is funded and administered by RACC. Check out RACC’s website to learn more.

 

A Rightful Place

Olivia Olivia in the Portland Observer

 

Photo courtesy of RACC.


July 27, 2015

The Weekly Catch


July 24, 2015

Guest Blogger - Lilly Lee

I sat in a meeting this week with Commissioner Fish and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). I learned that BES has a high school summer internship pilot program, which is allowing 65 high school students to be out in the field. These students will then gain experience and knowledge to have a successful career. They are also taking advantage of networking and making connections. The students inspire me because they are already thinking ahead about how they can be successful.

 

I really enjoy sitting in meetings with Nick because there is so much going on behind the scenes. There are so many different ideas for how Portland can grow. Many organizations, nonprofits, and citizens wants to improve Portland, but need help and support from Council. I really enjoy listening to the feedback and comments Nick has for them. In the end, they need to have a good selling argument to make their case.

 

As for my goodbye lunch gathering, the Fish family had it at the Nel Centro restaurant. The restaurant is connected to the Hotel Modera downtown. I got to shake hands with the owner, David Machado. David is also the chef, and owns two other Portland restaurants as well. Lunch was great, the food is amazing. I had the chicken salad with grapes and walnuts. The salad dressing is what made it so delicious!!! 

 

 


July 23, 2015

Portland welcomes home World Champions

 

A Governor, a Thorn, two Fishes, and friends joined a record sell-out crowd at Providence Park for the Portland Thorns soccer game last night.

 

Soccer City, U.S.A. welcomed home World Cup Champions Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe. Governor Kate Brown, accompanied by three representatives from Girls, Inc., congratulated the women on the field before the game, with a thunderous cheer of 22,000 voices.

 

We're proud these outstanding women athletes and role models call Portland home. Go Thorns!

 

Portland Thorns set attendance record in 1-0 loss to Seattle Reign

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian


July 23, 2015

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