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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.

    

     


Summer art camps

Is your child looking for something fun to do this summer?

 

Enroll him or her in one of the many arts camps offered by organizations around our community.  From dance classes with BodyVox to filmmaking at the Hollywood Theatre, there is something for everyone.  The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has pulled together a list of options. 

 

RACC believes that art is pivotal for children, and supports local programs - like these summer camps - that provide enriching arts education in our community.  

 

Register early to ensure your child’s spot.  For more information, visit RACC’s website.


April 14, 2014

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April 11, 2014

Sprinkle into spring

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming - spring is here!  And it’s the perfect time to look over and revamp your sprinkler system. 

 

Sprinkler systems don’t always fare well in winter.  Pipes can crack, leading to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water – and money.  The Portland Water Bureau has four simple tips to conserve water this spring and summer:

  • Inspect your systems; check for any clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads 
  • Check that sprinklers heads are properly attached to hoses, and while you’re at it, check hoses for leaks
  • Make sure that only your yard and plants gets watered – not the driveway or sidewalk
  • Update your system’s schedule with the season, so water isn’t needlessly wasted

For more tips and resources to conserve water for your yards, visit the Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program’s website.


April 10, 2014

Keep water meters clear of debris and guard dogs

Meter readers from the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) read your water meter to learn how much water your household consumes. 

 

Meters that are obstructed by objects – such as cars, trash cans, or even landscape - prevents meter readers from reading your meters.  The first time your meter is inaccessible, you will receive a friendly reminder in the mail.  By keeping your box clear, you can avoid unnecessary charges. 

 

The Portland Water Bureau offers tips to for easy access to your water meter:

  • Trim bushes and grass that cover your meter
  • Reduce plants on the path to your meter
  • Remove all branches hanging six feet or lower, above the meter
  • Let PWB know if you have a guard dog!

Check out PWB's website for more information and resources. 


April 9, 2014

Bringing salmon back to Crystal Springs Creek

The Crystal Springs Creek Restoration Project has been a success!

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), along with Reed College, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Portland Parks & Rec have worked together - using green infrastructure - to improve Crystal Springs Creek’s water quality.  It is one of Portland’s few free-flowing cold water streams without migratory barriers for salmon, and BES intends to keep it that way.

 

By replacing old culverts and planting native plants, over a third of the habitat has been restored.  Water temperatures have also decreased nearly 5 degrees Fahrenheit, making an ideal environment for salmon to recover and migrate. 

 

By using green infrastructure, BES reduces flooding and erosion, filters pollutants, provides lush habitats, and increases neighborhood green spaces for healthier watersheds throughout our city.  Green infrastructure protects our water quality, increases public health, and does wonders for our environment. 

 

OPB's Oregon Field Guide program recently highlighted the Crystal Springs Restoration. Watch the video or visit BES's website to learn more about the project. 


April 8, 2014

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