POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish

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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.



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.


Nick also joined The Skanner publisher Bernie Foster and the Skanner Foundation at a screening of The Wake of Vanport, a documentary about the once second-largest city in Oregon.


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!

August 31, 2015

The Weekly Catch

August 28, 2015

Johnson Creek Clean Up

Join fellow volunteers in Southeast Portland this Saturday for the 2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up!  


Johnson Creek flows from Boring, Oregon through Portland to the Willamette River. It passes through lush forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more. About 170,000 people live within its 52 square mile watershed, and it’s one of our most important environmental resources.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with many local environmentally conscious organizations for the clean-up, including the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. The Council is a local volunteer group dedicated to protecting and restoring the beautiful watershed.


Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, eliminate invasive plants, and help keep our watershed healthy.


Visit the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s website for more information. 


2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up

Saturday, August 29th

9 am – 12 pm; registration at 8:30 am

6201 SE Overland St. in Milwaukie


Photo courtesy of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

August 27, 2015

Forest for the Trees 2015

Portland has a wonderful array of creative neighborhood murals – and we are getting even more!


Forest for the Trees is a nonprofit contemporary arts project. Since 2013, it has brought a group of local and international artists to create murals around Portland. This year, 29 artists will paint 19 murals around our neighborhoods.


The project is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The colorful array of unique murals helps build community pride and engagement. The main objective of the project is to make art an accessible and interactive part of our daily lives.


The project started on Monday, with most murals finishing up by the end of the week. Check out Forest for the Trees website to learn more.


Portland to get 19 new murals during weeklong Forest for the Trees event

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

August 27, 2015


Volunteering is a big part of Nick and his family’s story.


From serving meals to homeless adults at Bud Clark Commons to removing asphalt with Depave, volunteering enriches lives and strengthens our community.


Recently, Nick was pleased to share his story with our friends at The Standard, who are holding their seventh annual Volunteer Expo on September 10.


The Expo, a free event in Pioneer Courthouse Square, brings nonprofits together in one place. From 11am to 2pm, you can learn more about local mission-driven nonprofits, which ones connect with your passions, and how you can help them thrive through volunteer service.


In Portland, we are proud of our tradition of volunteer service. We hope you’ll help spread the word about this unique event – and share your volunteer story: #myvolunteerstory


The Standard Volunteer Expo

September 10, 2015

11 am - 2 pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square

August 26, 2015

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