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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.
Shepherding in restoration
Volunteers from the Dharma Rain Zen Center, Madison High School, Friends of Trees, Backyard Habitat Certification program, and the Portland community planted 1,200 native trees and shrubs on the 14 -acre plot of land in just one day!
In today’s Portland Tribune, Joseph Gallivan highlights Dharma’s work in Sustainable Life. Working with PCC Environmental Science and Resources students, Dharma Rain is transforming the site into a peaceful Zen Center, meditation hall, public park, and community gardens. It will also provide a wildlife corridor connecting Rose City Golf Course and Glenhaven Park to Rocky Butte State Park.
The brownfield site will soon become a place for the whole community to enjoy – Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike! The park and community gardens will be completed by spring 2015.
Zen Buddhists clean up Portland's mess
Photo courtesy of the Portland Tribune, by Jeffrey Ball.
March 13, 2014
Lovejoy Fountain restored
Yesterday, the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, CH2MHill, and Portland Parks & Recreation joined to celebrate the restoration of the Lovejoy Fountain shelter in Northwest Portland. Nick was honored to attend on Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s behalf.
The Lovejoy Fountain, built in 1966, is part of the historic Halprin Open Space Sequence.
The Open Space Sequence was born from architect Lawrence Halprin's vision for community in the heart of Portland. His innovative design links fountains, plazas, parks, and other open spaces with the bustle of the city. In his own words, Halprin explained that "the space is choreographed for movement with nodes for quiet & contemplation, action & inaction, hard & soft, yin & yang."
Last year, the Halprin Sequence was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Portland wouldn’t have its outstanding public spaces without our public/private partnerships. Thanks to the generous donation from CH2MHIll and the ongoing work by the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, the Lovejoy Fountain and Halprin’s legacy will last for the next generations of Portlanders.
March 13, 2014
River View Natural Area
More than 50,000 trees and shrubs are planted in southwest Portland!
The River View Natural Area is a beautiful 146 - acre forest with seven streams that flow in the Willamette River. Located between the River View Cemetery and Lewis and Clark College, the lush forest will soon become a recreation destination for off-road bikers and nature enthusiasts.
In 2011, when Nick was Parks Commissioner, the City purchased the River View Natural Area from the River View Cemetery. The forest is now permanently protected from development, and is an important addition to the Westside Wildlife Corridor.
In the past, invasive species, like English Ivy, wreaked havoc on the forest’s sensitive ecosystems. Today, thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Watershed Revegetation Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and volunteers from the community, invasive species in the River View Natural Area have been reduced by 95%! The program protects water quality, prevents erosion and landslides, and helps restore abundant forests.
Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.
Photo: Thanks to flickr user SoulRider.222 for the beautiful shot of Mt. Hood from the River View property
March 12, 2014
City utility rate review
Join Nick and the Portland City Council to learn more about a proposed 4.92% sewer, stormwater, and water services rate increase for FY 2014-15, and share your feedback with the Council.
The meeting will include a brief overview of operating budgets, capital improvement programs and projects, and the rate-making process for the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).
Typically, utility rate-making occurs near the end of the City budget process in May. To increase transparency, Nick and Mayor Hales are bringing the proposed rate increase to the public as soon as possible.
Your City Council, along with staff from both PWB and BES, will be on hand to answer questions.
The City Utility Rate Review will be held on March 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Parkrose High School. Doors will open early, so if you want to come before the formal agenda begins to talk with staff or learn more about the bureaus, please do!
Learn more about the City budget process at the City Budget Office website.
City Utility Rate Review
6:30 - 8:30 pm
12003 NE Shaver St.
March 11, 2014
Slough 101 Workshop
Learn all about the Columbia Slough Watershed and its unique history!
The Columbia Slough is a beautiful 60-mile long floodplain of the Columbia River. Previously, Native Americans lived along the wetlands. Today, ten percent of all jobs in Oregon are located around the Slough.
Slough 101 is a free workshop that covers watershed health, environmental issues, wildlife and history of the region. Participate in hands-on activities and go on levee and pump station tours. Eight local experts will be on hand to answer a range of questions, from where to see Great Blue Herons to flood management.
Slough 101 is on Saturday, March 15, from 9 am – 12:45 pm at the Multnomah County Drainage District. Light refreshments are provided. Please register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.
9 am – 12:45 pm
Saturday, March 15 2014
Multnomah County Drainage Districts
1880 NE Elrod Dr.
March 10, 2014