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.
Beaking ground on the Center for Hope & Recovery
Last Friday, Nick joined Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, LifeWorks NW, Home Forward, and other community partners at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Hope & Recovery, set to open next year.
“This innovative collaboration provides a treatment facility and permanent housing that helps families to build a solid base of recovery, maintain a crucial support network, sustain the success of their treatment, and remain in their local community,” said Mary Monnat, President and CEO of Lifeworks NW.
LifeWorks NW is a long standing Portland non-profit, providing mental health, addiction, and other social services to help build a healthy community.
The Center for Hope & Recovery models our community’s core values of opportunity, healthy neighborhoods, sustainability, and leverage – investing public dollars to leverage large private investment that makes visions like this a reality. The Portland Housing Bureau was proud to invest $4.5 million in TIF Set-Aside in this project.
Our community is stronger when everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. Special thanks to our partners at LifeWorks NW, Home Forward, Multnomah County, Gerding Edlen, Holst Architecture, O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders, and Wells Fargo for their work on this development. When we link arms – government, business, non-profits, and the faith community – we can do great things.
In The Lund Report
photo courtesy of LifeWorks NW
June 18, 2013
43rd Annual Gay Pride Parade
On Sunday, Nick was proud to march with his 9-year old son, Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioners Amanda Fritz, and Steve Novick, along with employees from The City of Portland in the 43rd annual Gay Pride Parade!
This year’s parade, presented by Pride Northwest, featured 130 groups marching their way through the streets of downtown Portland with thousands of cheering onlookers coming out in support. The parade ended at Tom McCall Waterfront Park where the annual Pride Festival took place.
The beautiful day was filled with fun, and pride for our community.
Grant Butler in The Oregonian
June 17, 2013
Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune
Jennifer Anderson in The Portland Tribune
Becca Stanek in The Oregonian
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune
June 14, 2013
From Forest to Faucet
Yesterday, Nick and his team had the incredible opportunity to visit the Bull Run watershed with Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Director David Shaff and his team.
The watershed is the primary source of drinking water for the City of Portland and its 19 wholesale customers.
102 square miles of the federally-protected Bull Run watershed (147 square miles in all) drains into the Bull Run River and its tributaries. The river drains into two reservoirs, which together store more than 17 billion gallons. Because the water is so pure, it needs only a gentle cleaning before entering the three conduits (pipes) that transport it to Portland. The water moves through the system by gravity, requiring no fossil fuel consumption to move water from the watershed to the main storage reservoir at Powell Butte.
Recently, Nick became Commissioner in charge of the Portland Water Bureau. This tour was a tremendous learning experience about the bureau and the incredible water they deliver to our community.
The entire day was truly remarkable.
PWB provides 80 tours a year to the Bull Run. Click here to sign up for a tour.
June 14, 2013
Portland ecoroofs earn international praise
Green roofs, or ecoroofs, replace conventional roofing materials with soil and vegetation.
Ecoroofs have many health and environmental benefits, including making the sewer system more efficient and reliable by acting like giant sponges soaking up rain and keeping stormwater runoff out of our sewers.
We’re proud that Portland is receiving international recognition for our innovative stormwater management.
Over 500 ecoroofs cover more than 1.5 million square feet of rooftop in the city of Portland.
June 12, 2013