POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish

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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.



The Weekly Catch

February 5, 2016

Kids experience the Bull Run


City Council had special visitors this morning!


Fourth-graders from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School and their art teacher spoke at Council about their experience inside the majestic Bull Run Watershed.


Last fall, students participated in a unique field trip to the Bull Run that focused on water and art. The Portland Water Bureau guides hundreds of students through the Bull Run every year, to study water science and engineering. The Boise-Eliot/Humboldt field trips added a special mission: visit Bull Run and share their experience with Portland through art.


The tour was designed for students to experience the watershed through their five senses - including taste! Students took a silent walk through the forest, recorded sounds from inside a dam, practiced photo yoga, and tasted an oxalis plant.


After their trip, they created the beautiful artwork currently on display in City Hall’s atrium, which runs through February 25th.


Special thanks to Briggy Thomas and the Portland Water Bureau team!


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


Bull Run Art Exhibit

Portland City Hall atrium

Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

1221 SW Fourth Ave.


Students create art project after field trip to Bull Run Watershed

Fox 12 Staff


Where to celebrate Valentine's Day with kids, and other February family events in Portland

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

February 3, 2016

Funding our utilities

It’s budget season!


Today I submitted Requested Budgets for the  City’s public utilities – the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and the Portland Water Bureau (PWB).


Together, these two bureaus manage over $20 billion in infrastructure, employ more than a thousand people, and protect six watersheds.


The requested budgets reflect our priorities for each bureau: clean water in our rivers and our taps, maintaining our aging infrastructure, and ensuring that we are ready for “the Big One.”


For the third year in a row, I directed BES and PWB to keep their combined rate increase below five percent – and once again they have delivered.


Thanks to my two bureau directors, Mike Stuhr and Mike Jordan, the new Portland Utility Board (PUB), the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and many others for helping to shape the budget proposals.


Over the weekend, The Oregonian ran an op-ed I authored. It answers many questions we are asked during the budget season, and explains why I am so proud to lead these bureaus.


Your voice matters!


Over the next few months, you can attend a Budget Forum or Hearing – find one that is convenient for you. In the meantime, you can comment on the requested budgets, and I hope you do so.


When the BES and the PWB budgets are finalized, you’ll be able to find them on the City Budget Office website.

February 1, 2016

The Weekly Catch

January 29, 2016

Personal Advocates

Elders in Action’s Personal Advocate Program helps change lives for the better.


Personal Advocates are volunteers who work with older adults facing difficulties in their lives. They provide important relationships that engage and empower individuals who contact Elders in Action for assistance.


Every year, Elders in Action’s Personal Advocates help many older adults with a variety of challenging situations, including assistance in setting a budget, helping determine health benefits and resources, terminating a bank card, situations of elder abuse, and much more.


Nick is proud to be Council liaison to Elders in Action, a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant community of active and engaged older adults.


Check out Elders in Action’s website to learn more.

January 28, 2016

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