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.



Restoring habitat

Crews began construction on the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project along Johnson Creek last week.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with Metro and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District to complete the project, which will not only protect our sewer infrastructure, it will also give us the opportunity to improve the natural habitat.


A 76-inch sewer pipe crosses Johnson Creek near the Springwater Corridor Trail. Unfortunately, due to erosion in the creek bed and banks, part of the pipe has become exposed – and is in danger of failing or blocking fish passage. If the pipe were to break, sewage would release into the river, threatening both public health and our local wildlife.


Crews will repair and bury the pipe, ensure it is stable, and then begin restoration along the creek. We’ll create a new stable stream crossing, and actually move the creek and its floodplain to a safer location!  


The 2,000 feet of new stream channel and 5 acres of new floodplain will improve the creek’s water quality and strengthen the habitat for endangered salmon, trout, and other native species. 


The 10-acre piece of land will eventually be home to a 6-acre natural area and a 4-acre park!


Check out BES’ website for more information.   

July 10, 2014

Grants for local arts organizations

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced the first round of General Operating Support grant awardees for 2014-15.


Over $1.1 million will be invested in nearly 50 local nonprofit arts organizations.  New additions include Disjecta, Pendulum Aerial Arts, and Portland Jazz Festival.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, as it provides funds for diverse art programs in our community. 

A panel of RACC board members and community volunteers rigorously reviewed many local arts organizations.  One of the requirements of RACC-funded organizations is that all performances must be available to the public – without discrimination – and take place in venues that are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility must also be demonstrated. 


Check out RACC’s website for the full list of awardees. 

Photo courtesy of RACC. 

July 9, 2014

Hug a tree!

Last year, Portland set the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one minute. 


This Saturday, join us at 2 pm at Hoyt Arboretum, and help Portland defend that title! Grab your friends and family and ensure our place as the top tree-hugging community in the world.


After you have hugged a tree, stay at the Arboretum to enjoy the warm summer day with picnicking, live music, games, and learning facts about our environment. 


Sponsored by the Bureau of Environmental Services, Friends of Trees, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Treecology, Inc., the event is free and open to the public.  


Saturday, July 12, 2 pm

Hoyt Arboretum

SW Kingston Blvd and SW Knights Blvd

July 8, 2014

Art Space / Office Space

The Portland Building’s art installation space is turning into an office – a deconstructed office, that is.


Jesse Taylor’s Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office installation takes typical office materials and re-works them into abstract sculptures. Jesse enjoys creating new sculptures, but deconstructing the materials is just as important: “I approach the deconstruction act with the same kind of energy and intention that I would put into the production of a sculpture,” he shares.


The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.


Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office opens today!


Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series.


Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC

July 7, 2014

Happy Independence Day

On the 4th of July, we gather with friends and family to celebrate our great nation.


Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens reminds Portlanders to enjoy the holiday, but to remember to celebrate safely.


If you observe the holiday by setting off fireworks, remember that Oregon requires fireworks not to fly, explode, or travel more than one foot into the air, or more than six feet on the ground.


Whether you gather for a barbecue, watch a baseball game, or set off fireworks, have a safe and fun Independence Day!

July 3, 2014

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