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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 also serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Johnson Creek Clean Up
Join fellow volunteers in Southeast Portland this Saturday for the 2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up!
Johnson Creek flows from Boring, Oregon through Portland to the Willamette River. It passes through lush forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more. About 170,000 people live within its 52 square mile watershed, and it’s one of our most important environmental resources.
The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with many local environmentally conscious organizations for the clean-up, including the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. The Council is a local volunteer group dedicated to protecting and restoring the beautiful watershed.
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, eliminate invasive plants, and help keep our watershed healthy.
Visit the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s website for more information.
Saturday, August 29th
9 am – 12 pm; registration at 8:30 am
6201 SE Overland St. in Milwaukie
Photo courtesy of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.
August 27, 2015
Forest for the Trees 2015
Portland has a wonderful array of creative neighborhood murals – and we are getting even more!
Forest for the Trees is a nonprofit contemporary arts project. Since 2013, it has brought a group of local and international artists to create murals around Portland. This year, 29 artists will paint 19 murals around our neighborhoods.
The project is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The colorful array of unique murals helps build community pride and engagement. The main objective of the project is to make art an accessible and interactive part of our daily lives.
The project started on Monday, with most murals finishing up by the end of the week. Check out Forest for the Trees website to learn more.
Jamie Hale in The Oregonian
August 27, 2015
Volunteering is a big part of Nick and his family’s story.
The Expo, a free event in Pioneer Courthouse Square, brings nonprofits together in one place. From 11am to 2pm, you can learn more about local mission-driven nonprofits, which ones connect with your passions, and how you can help them thrive through volunteer service.
In Portland, we are proud of our tradition of volunteer service. We hope you’ll help spread the word about this unique event – and share your volunteer story: #myvolunteerstory
September 10, 2015
11 am - 2 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
August 26, 2015
Kassamira's Blog #3
Though I did not staff the Commissioner on any events this past week, I had a rare and amazing opportunity to attend a Rising Women Leaders brunch with Asena on Sunday.
I got the chance to network and connect with all of the accomplished women in City Hall and other branches of government. Governor Kate Brown even stopped in to give us rising women a few words of wisdom. It is at events like this that I learn how important and effective networking is to one’s professional career. The saying “It’s not always what you know, sometimes it’s who you know” still holds true.
On another note, this week is my last week in the office before I embark on another adventure. This Saturday I will be beginning my study abroad journey in Morocco.
Until then, I will enjoy my last few days in the office by continuing with office work, attending my farewell luncheon, and accompanying the Commissioner on one final event this Friday. We are joining the Skanner Foundation for a showing of the documentary “The Wake of Vanport,” the story of Oregon’s once-second largest city, which was destroyed by a flood in 1948.
August 26, 2015
From there to here
Talented artist Andy Behrle explores Portland’s visionary water system in the Portland Building’s latest art installation, from there to here.
Behrle’s installation was inspired by a public tour of the Bull Run Watershed. From there to here examines the wild beauty and origins of our water at the Bull Run, and the urban setting of Portland where it ends.
The Bull Run Watershed is Portland’s primary drinking water source. It includes the Bull Run Lake and two reservoirs, as well as the Bull Run River, tributaries, and other feeders. The two reservoirs hold about 10 billion gallons of usable water, and serve nearly a million Oregonians.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through up.
From there to here is up now through September 18 in the Portland Building’s lobby.
Check out RACC’s website for the more information.
1120 SW 5th Avenue
8 am – 5 pm
August 24, 2015