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Welcome to Commissioner Nick Fish's website
Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services. He also serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
The caboose is loose
The Johnson Creek Watershed is one of Portland’s most important ecological resources. About 170,000 people live within the 52 square mile watershed, including forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more.
Our new Watershed Health Report Cards show that the Johnson Creek Watershed averages about a C in overall health. The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is working hard to restore stream banks, water quality, and habitat to improve our grades.
BES purchased land along SE Tenino Street for one of those restoration projects. The land purchase came with a unique find – a vintage 1921 railroad caboose! The caboose had once been used as an apartment, but sat empty for several years.
Usually, BES crews will deconstruct buildings or other structures on purchased property. But the caboose is so unique, the owners of local company Lorentz Bruun Construction wanted to keep it!
Last month, crews loaded the caboose onto a flatbed truck, and hauled it to its new home next to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Bruun family hopes to restore the caboose and make it open to the public.
The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is home to the historic SP 4449, SP&S 700, and OR&N 197 locomotives. In 2012, Nick was proud to partner with the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to secure a permanent home for our historic trains.
Learn more about the Rail Heritage Center on their website.
September 2, 2015
Shop & support Elders in Action
Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program links your Fred Meyer Rewards Card with your favorite nonprofit. Fred Meyer is donating up to $2.6 million each year to local nonprofits, schools, and community organizations.
Link your Rewards Card to Elders in Action, and support Portland’s older adults!
Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action. The nonprofit advocates for older adults, provides meaningful volunteer opportunities, and works to build an age-friendly community for all.
Sign in to your Rewards Card, search for Elders in Action, and link your card! Then, every time you shop at Fred Meyer, just scan your card as usual – that’s it! You’ll still earn your regular Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and other rebates.
To learn more about Elders in Action, visit their website: www.eldersinaction.org.
Photo courtesy of Elders in Action
September 1, 2015
Portland's Public Art
As a passionate supporter of the arts – including jazz, modern dance, and sculpture – Nick is honored to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).
Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have a large, diverse collection of publicly-owned art.
The collection includes more than 1,900 works of art – paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more – displayed across Portland in neighborhoods, schools, libraries, and other public buildings.
In Nick’s office, we are proud to display our own gallery of public art from the collection, including carved wood pieces, abstract paintings, photographs, and watercolors.
Portland is blessed with a strong arts community. Take a walk in your neighborhood, view our public collection on RACC’s website, or download the free PublicArtPDX app on your iPhone to find art near you!
August 31, 2015
Out & About with Nick
On Friday, Nick enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the office and into the community.
First, he visited his friends at Rossi Farms in the Parkrose neighborhood.
The farm dates back to the 19th century, and the Rossi family has been providing fresh, healthy produce to East Portland families since 1920. Rossi is famous for its 18 varieties of handpicked heirloom potatoes – you can buy them at the farm or local farmers markets across Portland.
Thanks to Joe Rossi, his daughter Gabrielle, and Market Manager Aaron for hosting Nick. Visit Rossi's website to learn more about this great family-owned business.
Next, Nick stopped by Leach Botanical Garden in the Lents neighborhood.
The City-owned garden has been open to the public for more than 30 years. Led by Executive Director David Porter, the garden has grown to more than 17 acres – including native and exotic plants, and an extensive botanical library!
The garden is hard at work on its next phase: transforming 8 undeveloped acres into a new Upper Garden.
Vanport, located in North Portland, was home to about 40,000 people. 40% were African American. Many Vanport residents worked in the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II.
In 1948, a section of the dike holding back the nearby Columbia River collapsed, and flooded the city – leaving all of its residents homeless.
The Wake of Vanport captures the stories of Vanport survivors, and reminds us about this important piece of Oregon history.
On Sunday, Nick was honored to join The Circus Project for their free Summer Community Showcase.
The Circus Project launched in 2008, connecting social justice and the arts. Its mission: to empower homeless and at-risk youth and young adults through circus performance.
Over the last seven years, they’ve expanded their programs to include classes for the general public, and even a Professional Performance Troupe!
The organization moved into their new home in Northwest Portland earlier this year – with even more opportunities for youth to access their innovative programs.
Finally, Nick joined a sell-out crowd of fellow Portland Thorns fans on Sunday evening for the women’s final home game of the season.
Soccer City, USA will proudly host the National Women’s Soccer League championship game on October 1 at Providence Park!
The Skanner News
August 31, 2015
The Weekly Catch
The Standard 2015 Volunteer Expo, August 2015
Beth Slovic in Willamette Week
Fox 12 News
Andrew Theen in the Oregonian
Oregonian Editorial Board in the Oregonian
Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury
WWeek News Staff in the Willamette Week
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune
Jonathan Maus on BikePortland, August 26, 2015
KOIN News, August 26, 2015
Beth Slovic in the Willamette Week
August 28, 2015