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.



Painting Portland

Portland’s collection of vibrant and eclectic art is part of what makes our city wonderful – and last week, we gained 16 great art murals!


Forest For The Trees NW is a public art mural project.  Last week, 20 talented local and international artists spent 5 days creating unique artworks all around Portland.   


Funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the array of stimulating, thematic expressions encourages collaboration and community engagement through art.  The main objective of the project is to make art an accessible and interactive part of daily life. 


Special thanks to all the artists, sponsors, and to Forest For The Trees NW for making our city even more colorful.


For a list of locations, visit Forest For The Trees NW’s website


Forest For The Trees NW brings mural arts from around the world to Portland

Beth Nakamura in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of Beth Nakamura.

August 26, 2014

Critters at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

Immerse yourself in Portland’s natural beauty and walk along the Foster Floodplain Natural Area trails.


Two years ago, the City completed restoration of the Foster Floodplain Natural Area in Southeast Portland.  The area used to suffer from frequent flooding, which affected dozens of homes and local businesses. The innovative restoration, which took more than 15 years to fully complete, has reduced flood risks, improved fish and wildlife habitat along Johnson Creek, and transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a lovely natural area. 


The restoration was a resounding success, and is now a bustling home to some of Portland’s most beautiful, native wildlife.


Nestled among the grasses and shrubs are critters like blacktail deer, rabbits, and skunks.  Great for bird watching, check out the trees and skies for black-headed grosbeaks, hawks, and bald eagles! 


The Foster Floodplain Natural Area is open to the public.  Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.   


Photo courtesy of Greg Gillson.

August 25, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Today, Nick was proud to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - thanks to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

In the process, he appeared to channel a little Howard Dean.  


Nick proceeded to challenge Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Metro Councilor Sam Chase, and Director of Environmental Services, Dean Marriott!

August 22, 2014

Jade Market

Street Markets are a great way to enjoy the warm, summer weather, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.


This Saturday evening, bring your friends and family out to the Jade District Night Market!


Representing SE Portland’s cultural diversity, Jade Market offers an array of international and local food and craft vendors.  Free and fun for the whole family, enjoy an evening of global entertainment, including lion dancers, Chinese opera singers, Gypsy music, and much more!


The market is made possible through partnerships with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, the Portland Development Commission, along with community and local business partners. The night market is a pilot project for the Jade District with hopes to make it a staple in Portland’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood.


Portland has many interesting street markets and events during the warm summer months. Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, an organization dedicated to growing Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts. “Venture Out” this summer and check out upcoming street markets and events throughout the city.


Jade District Night Market

August 23, 6 – 10 pm

Fubonn Shopping Center

2850 SE 82nd Ave.

August 22, 2014

Friday Roundup

Portland-based film "American Winter" gets Emmy nod

Joanne Zuhl in Street Roots News


Water Bureau wants to know how it handled Portland's boil water alert: Portland City Hall Roundup

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


New survey asks Portlanders about water boil notice

KOIN 6 News Staff


Our Opinion: Old Town/Chinatown needs bold action

The Portland Tribune Editorial Board


History's inside view

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Temporary art installation opens in Lents

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal

August 22, 2014

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