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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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.

    

     


Keeping our water clean

The Bull Run Watershed provides Portlanders with some of the best drinking water in the world.  Because it’s so high in quality, we only have to minimally treat our water to make it safe to drink. 

 

The Portland Water Bureau treats our water through a process called chloramination. Chlorine is lightly added at the source to protect us from possible harmful bacteria and micro-organisms. Ammonia is then added to ensure the disinfection remains stable throughout the system as it travels to our homes and businesses. 

 

The bureau tracks our water quality carefully, and adjusts chlorine levels as needed. The bureau will sometimes adjust levels during the warmer months of spring and summer, as warm temperatures could cause chlorine to decrease more rapidly (like evaporation).

 

Some people are sensitive to changes in chlorine levels. If your water smells like chlorine, you can minimize it by putting water in the refrigerator overnight, adding a slice of lemon or cucumber, or by boiling it. 

 

Visit the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about water quality, or call the Water Quality Line at (503) 823-7525.


March 25, 2015

The splendor of energy efficiency

Energy Trust of Oregon awarded the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for their dedication to green energy. 

 

Energy Trust is a statewide nonprofit that promotes energy conservation and renewable energy sources. 

 

As one of its services, the nonprofit provides cash incentives to public agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to conserve and generate renewable energy.  Recently, BES received an incentive check for $284,810 for one of their projects!

 

BES’ award-winning project involved making aeration tanks at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant more energy efficient.  The machines that blow air into the aeration tanks use more power than any other equipment at the plant.  Modifying those blowers to use less electricity reduces energy costs, which means long term cost savings for ratepayers!

 

This isn’t BES’ first time getting an incentive check from Energy Trust.  In 2008, the bureau installed a co-generation system that used biogas as fuel to generate power and heat for plant operations. 

 

Congrats to the Bureau of Environmental Services for their success and dedication to being energy efficient! 


March 24, 2015

PNCA celebrates its new home

 

On Friday evening, Nick was honored to represent the city at an important milestone: the grand opening of the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s new home, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art & Design.

 

Nick joined PNCA President Tom Manley, Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer, Governor Kate Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, former and current PDC staff and Board members, architect Brad Cloepfil, and many others to celebrate the grand opening.

 

PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway was almost a decade in the making. The historic building opened in 1919 as a Post Office, and later served as Federal offices before becoming vacant in 2005. That’s when Tom Manley’s vision for a new PNCA took shape.

 

Congratulations to all the public and private partners for securing PNCA’s foundation for the next 100 years.


March 23, 2015

Friday Roundup

Remember Dan Weidinger? OPB News followed up with the Bull Run's Lone Ranger

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

At Home In The Bull Run Watershed

Julie Sabatier and Alan Sylvestre in OPB

 

Plugged In

Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune

 

Nick Fish names Sonia Schmanski as next chief of staff

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Portland Water Bureau Chief David Shaff is Retiring

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

 

Water Bureau Head David Shaff is Retiring

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Tribune

 

David Shaff, Water Bureau administrator, is retiring

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

David Shaff talks Randy Leonard, Mount Tabor reservoirs, earthquakes (Q&A)

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

How Gretchen Kafoury left an indelible stamp on Portland

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Mountain bikers protest River View Natural Area off-road cycling ban

Tony Hernandez in The Oregonian


Mountain bikers protest park riding ban

KGW News Staff

 

Portland rain sends sewage into Willamette River

The Associated Press in KOIN 6 News

 

City: Rain causes sewer overflow into Willamette

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Heavy Portland rainfall causes sewage overflow into Willamette River
Rebecca Woolington in The Oregonian


March 20, 2015

The Lents Grown Story Yard

City Hall’s atrium got a little more inspiring with a traveling version of the “Lents Grown” Story Yard

Designed by local non-profit ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is an art installation that celebrates the wonderful diversity of the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland. 

 

The original Story Yard is located on a corner lot at SE 88th & Foster, on land owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC). In an effort to activate empty, unused neighborhood land, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. Local photographer Dawn DeAno photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. Their photographs – and their stories – are installed in the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through the photos and stories that represent what makes Lents great: its people. 

 

The traveling version of the Story Yard in City Hall emulates the beauty of the original, just on a smaller scale. Come to Portland City Hall’s atrium and check it out! The installation will be up through March 27. The full Story Yard on SE Foster will be up through 2015.


Photo courtesy of Rose Community Development. 


March 19, 2015

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