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.



Green street planting

It may come as a surprise, but its planting season for the City!


The Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) crews are planting new vegetation in green street facilities along SE Division.


Portland is well known for its green infrastructure, and green street facilities are an important part of that. Planting is the final step in getting the facilities operational and ready to go for the rainy season.


Stormwater hurts the environment and can kill salmon and other critters. Green street facilities use native plants to help filter stormwater and pollutants.  They protect water quality in our local creeks, and keep stormwater out of our sewer systems. 


Check out BES’ website for more information. 


Stormwater could kill salmon, but ‘rain gardens’ help

Keely Chalmers, KGW News

November 19, 2014

Painting Portland's forgotten history

Talented artist Gabriel Liston brings to life a forgotten part of Portland’s water history in his beautiful art exhibit, Get All That Is Coming To You


Liston’s inspiration comes from Lafe Pence, a lawyer, miner and congressman from Colorado.  Pence attempted to claim water rights in Northwest Portland from 1905 to 1908.  His scheme involved using water in Guild’s Lake.  The project was environmentally and economically disastrous, and Pence fled Portland. 


Liston’s art exhibit is a narrative that takes viewers on a trip through time.  Black and white oil panels relate to the controversial history surrounding Pence.  Large canvases illustrate Liston’s personal journey finding Pence’s water sites, and painted panels show what the sites look like in present-day.


Get All That Is Coming To You is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).  One of RACC’s services is providing project grants to local artists.  Their mission is to enrich the greater Portland community with diverse artistic opportunities.


The exhibition runs through December 13th at Froelick Gallery.  Visit RACC’s website for more information.


Get All That Is Coming To You

Froelick Gallery

714 NW Davis St.

Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

November 17, 2014

Finding Portland

Uncage the Soul created a spectacular time-lapse video of Portland and the Columbia Gorge that offers a unique perspective of our city. 


The video, Finding Portland, is comprised of 308,829 photos taken over 50 locations.  Each second of film took an average of 3.8 hours to make! It highlights the wonders of Portland through cutting edge video techniques. 


Uncage the Soul is a local video production company that creates amazing, dynamic videos.  With photography, innovative videos, and a creative team, Uncage the Soul produces alluring narratives for commercials, documentaries, and more!


Check out their website for more information. 

November 14, 2014

Friday Roundup

November 14, 2014

Age-Friendly Portland

Yesterday, Nick was proud to welcome representatives from Age-Friendly Portland and Portland State University’s Institute on Aging to Council. They presented the first annual report on our Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland.


Last October, Council passed a resolution accepting the Action Plan. We’ve seen great progress over the course of the year, especially in increasing civic engagement and volunteerism, economic development, employment, and housing opportunities!


Age-Friendly Portland provides a wealth of resources and information for older adults, and is enthusiastically supported by City Council and Elders in Action.. Their Age-Friendly Advisory Council is working hard to keep our Action Plan on track.


Nick is proud to be Council Liaison to Elders in Action, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant community of elders who are active in civic engagement. 


Check out Age-Friendly Portland’s website for more information. 

Creating a More Age-Friendly Portland

Year 1 Progress Report

November 13, 2014

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