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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.
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, March 14, 2014
Eric Apalategui in The Oregonian, March 13, 2014
Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune, March 13, 2014
March 14, 2014
Our state partners help small businesses
This week, Governor Kitzhaber announced that Oregon secured an extra $5.6M in funding from the U.S. Treasury to help small businesses.
That’s great news for our small business community.
Small businesses are the engine of job growth in our community. 98% of our neighborhood small businesses employ 5 or fewer people. This new federal money will help them grow.
For more information, please visit the Business Oregon’s website.
Also this week, Oregon’s new Small Business Advocate, Ruth Miles, visited Nick’s office to talk about her work as a champion for small businesses at the state level.
Thanks to Secretary of State Kate Brown, who fought to create of this new position.
As Council Liaison to Venture Portland, Nick is proud to work with partners at the federal, state and local level to support our local economy.
March 14, 2014
Shepherding in restoration
Volunteers from the Dharma Rain Zen Center, Madison High School, Friends of Trees, Backyard Habitat Certification program, and the Portland community planted 1,200 native trees and shrubs on the 14 -acre plot of land in just one day!
In today’s Portland Tribune, Joseph Gallivan highlights Dharma’s work in Sustainable Life. Working with PCC Environmental Science and Resources students, Dharma Rain is transforming the site into a peaceful Zen Center, meditation hall, public park, and community gardens. It will also provide a wildlife corridor connecting Rose City Golf Course and Glenhaven Park to Rocky Butte State Park.
The brownfield site will soon become a place for the whole community to enjoy – Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike! The park and community gardens will be completed by spring 2015.
Zen Buddhists clean up Portland's mess
Photo courtesy of the Portland Tribune, by Jeffrey Ball.
March 13, 2014
Lovejoy Fountain restored
Yesterday, the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, CH2MHill, and Portland Parks & Recreation joined to celebrate the restoration of the Lovejoy Fountain shelter in Northwest Portland. Nick was honored to attend on Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s behalf.
The Lovejoy Fountain, built in 1966, is part of the historic Halprin Open Space Sequence.
The Open Space Sequence was born from architect Lawrence Halprin's vision for community in the heart of Portland. His innovative design links fountains, plazas, parks, and other open spaces with the bustle of the city. In his own words, Halprin explained that "the space is choreographed for movement with nodes for quiet & contemplation, action & inaction, hard & soft, yin & yang."
Last year, the Halprin Sequence was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Portland wouldn’t have its outstanding public spaces without our public/private partnerships. Thanks to the generous donation from CH2MHIll and the ongoing work by the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, the Lovejoy Fountain and Halprin’s legacy will last for the next generations of Portlanders.
March 13, 2014
River View Natural Area
More than 50,000 trees and shrubs are planted in southwest Portland!
The River View Natural Area is a beautiful 146 - acre forest with seven streams that flow in the Willamette River. Located between the River View Cemetery and Lewis and Clark College, the lush forest will soon become a recreation destination for nature enthusiasts.
In 2011, when Nick was Parks Commissioner, the City purchased the River View Natural Area from the River View Cemetery. The forest is now permanently protected from development, and is an important addition to the Westside Wildlife Corridor.
In the past, invasive species, like English Ivy, wreaked havoc on the forest’s sensitive ecosystems. Today, thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Watershed Revegetation Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and volunteers from the community, invasive species in the River View Natural Area have been reduced by 95%! The program protects water quality, prevents erosion and landslides, and helps restore abundant forests.
Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.
Photo: Thanks to flickr user SoulRider.222 for the beautiful shot of Mt. Hood from the River View property
March 12, 2014