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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.



Friday Roundup

October 31, 2014

The Watcher Files

Local artists Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand take viewers on an artistic and literary exploration of old police surveillance files.


Known as The Watcher Files, the collection includes surveillance documents of activists and civic groups from the 1960s to the 1980s. The files are part of the City of Portland Archives and Records Center.


An interactive addendum to the original Watcher Files, the exhibit includes documents, cabinets, binders, index cards, and more.  Delve into history by thumbing through copper index cards and peering into cabinet drawers.  Find old framed photos and graphite drawings. 


The exhibit is funded by the Percent for Art program and administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)


The Watcher Files art and literary exhibit is now up at the North Portland Library! Visit RACC’s website for more information. 


The Watcher Files

North Portland Library

512 N Killingsworth St.

Open daily

Photo courtesy of RACC.

October 30, 2014

Managing stormwater sustainably

SW Huber Street got a much needed make-over with a new green street facility.


Before the new facility, the road had a small storm drain that easily clogged with debris and frequently flooded. Stormwater that didn’t go down the drain flowed and carried pollutants to the Quail and Tryon creeks. 


The Bureau of Environmental Services constructed the new sustainable green facility.  With native plants to filter stormwater pollutants, the facility protects water quality in local creeks.  It also slows stormwater runoff to help prevent flooding.


Portland is a leader in green stormwater management.  Throughout the city, there are 1400-1500 green street facilities! Green infrastructure filters pollutants, provides habitat, and helps watersheds stay healthy.  


Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.

October 29, 2014

Tips for a great garden, all year round

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooling, and the rainy season is upon us.


While conditions may not be ideal for gardening, take time this fall to give your lawn the TLC it needs so it will be ready to bloom beautifully next spring.


The Portland Water Bureau has tips and tricks to prepare your gardens for the colder seasons:

  1. Make your own mulch by composting leaves and other garden debris. It’ll be great to use in the spring!
  2. Plant ‘waterwise’ plants.  Perfect for fall rainy weather, waterwise plants require lots of water while being established.  Afterwards, it needs less water than traditional plants, meaning less watering in the warmer months. 
  3. Winterize your automatic sprinkler system.  Empty the sprinklers of water, and don’t forget to turn them off.  This will save you money by preventing pipes from breaking during freezing temperatures.

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

October 28, 2014

Westmoreland Park’s grand reopening and salmon celebration


On Saturday, Nick and fellow Portlanders gathered to celebrate the newly renovated Westmoreland Park and restoration of Crystal Springs Creek.


The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) was proud to partner with Portland Parks & Recreation on the renovation and restoration project. Crystal Springs Creek runs through Westmoreland Park. 


The project included converting a duck pond into a wetland, removing nine culverts, adding walkways, planting nearly 2000 native plants and trees, and much more! 


One of the objectives was to restore salmon habitat, and thanks to BES and Parks’ collaborative efforts, salmon are back in the city! Crystal Springs Creek is now a safe, flourishing home for Coho salmon and other critters. 


Saturday’s event had family-friendly activities, tours, and even a 29-foot long salmon display!  The Grand Ronde and Siletz Native American tribes also participated in the event, with blessings, cultural songs, dance, and food cooked in their delicious, traditional ways.


Children also got to enjoy Portland’s first Nature Play Area!  Part of Westmoreland Park’s reconstruction, the unique playground encourages children to use their creativity and imaginations while interacting with nature. 

It also serves as a great location for local education and child development programs.


Check out the beautiful Westmoreland Park! And while you’re there, try to spot a Coho salmon as they swim upstream.  It’s their spawning season. 


Visit BES’ website for more information about the project.

Portland's Westmoreland Park celebrates its reopening, salmon invited (photos)

Michael Lloyd in The Oregonian

Westmoreland Park Rededication

The Oregonian

Restoration project brings salmon back to Portland park

Tim Gordon in KGW News

October 27, 2014

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