POL Government Elected Officials 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 also serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Portland Harbor Cleanup


We believe that Superfund is the most significant environmental, public health, regulatory, and jobs issue facing our city.


Yesterday morning, Council hosted EPA leadership at a work session about the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The Superfund process is moving toward significant milestones this year, including the release of a proposed cleanup plan this spring.


At the Council work session, EPA Program Manager Cami Grandinetti updated the Council on where we are in the process to get to a final cleanup plan and how EPA plans to seek feedback from our community. We are grateful to Cami for taking time to bring the Council up to speed and answer their questions about this important issue.


The Portland Harbor is a vital part of Portland’s history, culture, and local economy. It’s used for industry, recreation, fishing, shipping and navigation, tribal ceremonial practices, wildlife habitat, and is a migratory corridor for salmon.


The EPA is hosting Community Information Sessions for Portlanders to learn about the clean-up planning process. Visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more.


Bridge to Portland Harbor Cleanup

February 10, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!


This weekend, Nick was honored to attend the TET Vietnamese New Year’s Celebration.


Today is the official beginning of the lunar year for many people around the world, and in our community too.


Ethic, racial, and religious diversity are some of our city’s great strengths. The immigrant and refugee families who choose to call Portland home enriches our community.  


And, we are grateful for the many contributions the Vietnamese-American community makes to our great city.


We wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

February 8, 2016

Celebrating Venture Portland


Last night, Nick was honored to attend and speak at Celebrate Our City, Venture Portland’s 30th Anniversary Party.


The diamond-anniversary celebrated Venture Portland and our wonderful neighborhood business districts.


And, on Wednesday, Nick was proud to present a proclamation at City Council, honoring their huge milestone.


Nick is Council liaison to Venture Portland. It is a local organization with a strong focused on investing in the smart, strategic growth of our neighborhood small business districts.


Neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our community. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and encourage economic growth. For every dollar spent a local small business, nearly 70 cents stays in Portland’s local economy.


Check out Venture Portland’s website for more information.

February 5, 2016

The Weekly Catch

February 5, 2016

Kids experience the Bull Run


City Council had special visitors this morning!


Fourth-graders from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School and their art teacher spoke at Council about their experience inside the majestic Bull Run Watershed.


Last fall, students participated in a unique field trip to the Bull Run that focused on water and art. The Portland Water Bureau guides hundreds of students through the Bull Run every year, to study water science and engineering. The Boise-Eliot/Humboldt field trips added a special mission: visit Bull Run and share their experience with Portland through art.


The tour was designed for students to experience the watershed through their five senses - including taste! Students took a silent walk through the forest, recorded sounds from inside a dam, practiced photo yoga, and tasted an oxalis plant.


After their trip, they created the beautiful artwork currently on display in City Hall’s atrium, which runs through February 25th.


Special thanks to Briggy Thomas and the Portland Water Bureau team!


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.


Bull Run Art Exhibit

Portland City Hall atrium

Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

1221 SW Fourth Ave.


Students create art project after field trip to Bull Run Watershed

Fox 12 Staff


Where to celebrate Valentine's Day with kids, and other February family events in Portland

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

February 3, 2016

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