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 is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Supporting Crystal Springs

The Spokane Street Neighbors, along with local volunteers, have been hard at work making Crystal Springs Creek more healthy and vibrant. 


Crystal Springs is major tributary of Johnson Creek in Southeast Portland. It’s an important habitat for salmon, birds, and other wildlife. 


With the support of a Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Native Plant Mini Grant, volunteers planted 350 native plants and shrubs, as well as 12 native trees along Crystal Springs. 


Native Plant Mini Grants are part of the Community Watershed Stewardship Program. Mini grants provide a great way to help start or maintain projects in our local waterways.


Crystal Springs Creek has a new life, thanks to a major restoration project managed by BES and Portland Parks & Recreation – and supported by neighbors like the Spokane Street Neighbors! The project enhanced conditions of the creek to improve water quality. In addition to planting native trees and shrubs, crews also restored a wetland area, removed nine culverts, and added better walkways around the sensitive natural area.


Last week, staff from BES and Parks accepted the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project award from the American Planning Association for Crystal Springs’ transformation.


Thank you to the Spokane Street Neighbors and all the volunteers for looking after Crystal Springs! 


Check out BES’ website to learn more.

April 28, 2015

Kelly Butte Reservoir serves Portland

A new reservoir at Kelly Butte in Southeast Portland is now serving pristine Bull Run water to customers across our community. 


For 43 years, a 10 million gallon above-ground tank stored water at Kelly Butte. In 2012, the Portland Water Bureau began work on a new, larger reservoir to serve Portland’s growing population.


The new reservoir includes two underground cells that hold 25 million gallons of water. Bull Run water fills the Kelly Butte reservoir, which then serves East Portland businesses and families. The reservoir also serves as a  water stopover for reservoirs and storage tanks in Southwest Portland.


The storage tanks are now underground, so they have disappeared from view. Crews will continue working this year to construct access roads and fences, and to complete landscaping – including  planting more than 1,660 trees and 7,250 scrubs across the entire site. 


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

April 27, 2015

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April 24, 2015

Supporting the arts

Portland is a great place to live, work, and play thanks to the arts. 


Nick is proud to serve as the Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), our local arts and culture champion. RACC provides millions in grants each year to local artists, arts organizations, and education programs in our community.


RACC announced an additional $200,000 in grants for 11 Portland-based arts organizations through RACC’s General Operating Support program. Arts organizations count on the funding so they can enrich our community with arts education, music, theater, dance, and more!


The boost in funding is thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund (AEAF), as well as funding from the City of Portland. The AEAF income tax generates more than $7 million each year to support arts education in our public schools, and to help expand access to the arts for all.


Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

April 23, 2015

Making Earth Day every day

Portland is famous for being green. From forests and open spaces to urban streams and watersheds, Portlanders are lucky to share their space with a rich, natural environment.


Portland is also famous for its “green” practices. In celebration of Earth Day, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announced a new grading system to track Portland’s watershed health.


Healthy watersheds protect public health, make our community more livable, and support native fish and wildlife. BES’s new Watershed Report Cards will assign A-F letter grades for temperature, mineral content, wildlife numbers, tree canopy, and more! Not only will the City be better able to identify problem areas, but Portlanders will also get a bigger picture of our overall environmental health – and how they can get involved in keeping Portland green.


We’ll grade watersheds across our community – in the Willamette, Willamette Tributaries, Fanno Creek, Tryon Creek, Columbia Slough, and Johnson Creek.


Watershed Report Cards will go live on BES’s website on May 1!


BES Watershed Report Cards PowerPoint

April 22, 2015

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