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.



Celebrity Spelling Bee


Yesterday, Nick was proud to participate in Schoolhouse Supplies’ annual Celebrity Spelling Bee.


In a surprise turn of events, he came in 2nd!


Congratulations to the champion, K103’s John Erickson, who correctly spelled ‘pusillanimous.’

The competition was fierce, with former NBA Trail Blazer, Jerome Kersey, two-time Celebrity Spelling Bee champion, Dandy Warhol’s Zia McCabe, and more local celebrities vying for the top spot.  Portland Timber’s mascot, Timber Joey, helped judge the event. 


Nick’s first word was easy – ‘environmental.’   It was followed by ‘adhesion,’ ‘asterisks,’ and ‘mensch.'   By that point, it was down to the final two contestants, Nick and John.  Both spelled ‘ecclesiastical’ wrong, and then came the infamous ‘pusillanimous,' taking Nick out of the competition.  John’s final winning word was ‘perinephrium.'


Still not sure what it means!


Schoolhouse Supplies is a wonderful non-profit, dedicated to providing our teachers and students with free school supplies.  Since their founding, Schoolhouse Supplies has distributed nearly $20 million in supplies to local classrooms, and more than 95,000 backpacks to students in our community. 


Thank you to Schoolhouse Supplies for your continued support for Portland’s teachers and students! 


And, once again, congratulations to John Erickson. 


Check out Schoolhouse Supplies' website for more information about the great organization. 

PDX Tonight: Schoolhouse Supplies Celebrity Spelling Bee
KGW News

January 30, 2015

Friday Roundup

January 30, 2015

Tackle your toilet!

This weekend is the Superbowl.  And, while many eyes will be glued to TVs, there is one unexpected bowl you should definitely keep your eye on: your toilet bowl. 


The toilet is the most common place to find a leak in a home or business.  While a seemingly minor issue, toilets can waste a lot of water – and a lot of your money.


Luckily, checking for toilet leaks is easy! The Portland Water Bureau recommends using these ‘Three Rs’ to tackle your toilet and save money:


Remember to check your toilet for leaks twice a year.  Add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes.  If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, there’s a leak.


Repair your leaks! Check out the Regional Water Providers Consortium’s short video on how to repair a leaky toilet.


Replace older toilets with a WaterSense high-efficiency one.  Older toilets can use up to four times more water per flush.  The Portland Water Bureau offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet with a high-efficiency one. For complete details, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/rebate


Get tackling! For more information, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website.

January 29, 2015

Monthly Statements Arrive for City Utility Customers

You asked, we listened! The City’s two utility bureaus, Environmental Services and Water, value excellent customer service. In response to customer requests, we are excited to offer an option to pay monthly – rather than quarterly – to the 97% of customers who are eligible.


To keep administrative costs down, the monthly statement option was initially limited to paperless (e-bill) customers when it launched in October 2013. When we heard from some customers that the e-bill requirement was a barrier, we began working to remove it. We committed to removing that requirement before 2015, and beat our deadline, launching the free and voluntary program in November 2014. As of Jan. 27, 2015, 13,122 customers are already signed up. ...Keep reading.


Portland offers monthly mailed water/sewer statements

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Monthly water, sewer bills now available

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

January 28, 2015

Crystal Clear


Last fall, the City celebrated the grand re-opening of Westmoreland Park and the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek in Southeast Portland.


Straw Bale Films, a local film company that focuses on sustainable practices and environmental concerns, produced Crystal Clear, a short film about the incredible restoration. 


The film highlights the history, restoration, and success of Crystal Springs Creek. The City’s Bureau of Environmental Services was proud to partner with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Reed College, and other community groups to restore the creek’s natural environment. 


Crystal Springs is a major tributary to Johnson Creek, and flows into the Willamette River.  It’s an important habitat for salmon, birds, and other wildlife.  


Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information. 

January 27, 2015

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