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.



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

The Portland Water Bureau wants to hear from you!

We are fortunate to have some of the best drinking water in the world – minimally treated, straight from the Bull Run Watershed near Mt. Hood. The Portland Water Bureau works hard to keep that drinking water safe.


Bureau staff also want to improve how they communicate with our community, especially in the event of an emergency.  


In May, a citywide Drinking Water Advisory notified Portlanders to boil their drinking water because of possible contamination.  


How did you find out about a water advisory? Did you know how to make the water safe to drink? What could we do better next time? Please complete a short online survey and share your experience!


Thanks for taking the time to help us improve our services. Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.

August 21, 2014

Sunday Parkways

Enjoy a warm, sunny day with your friends and family at Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland.


While cruising along the route, stop by Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Parks.  Each park has an array of fun activities, food, music, exhibitions, and much more!


Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that open the city’s largest public spaces – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community.  Get active and meet your neighbors. 


Portlanders can enjoy Sunday Parkways one Sunday each month. The last one for this year is in September.  Learn more about the program, including a parkways schedule, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.


Southeast Sunday Parkways

Sunday, August 24

11 am – 4 pm

August 20, 2014

Strengthening neighborhood connections through art

Yesterday, local non-profit ROSE CDC welcomed neighbors to SE 88th & Foster, to celebrate the grand opening of the Lents Grown Story Yard.


Designed by ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is a beautiful, temporary art installation and community space that celebrates the vibrant diversity of outer SE Portland.


The corner lot on 88th & Foster, owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), had long been vacant. In an effort to breathe new life into the vacant lot and surrounding neighborhood, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through artwork that represents what makes Lents so great – its people.    


Portland photographer, Dawn DeAno, photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. The photos are showcased throughout the venue. 


A grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) allowed neighborhood youth to get involved in the process.  They interviewed people who were photographed, and made a video about the project. RACC’s grant was possible thanks to the Arts Education & Access Fund, which was passed by Portland voters in 2012.


Check out Lents Grown Story Yard!  The installation will stay up through 2015.


Interested in holding a community event in the Story Yard? Contact ROSE CDC for more information.


Lents Grown Story Yard

8801 SE Foster Rd.


Temporary art installation opens in Lents

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal

August 19, 2014

Business Spotlight: Bridgetown Natural Foods and ADX Portland

Last Friday, Nick met with some of Portland’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business owners.


He started his day at Bridgetown Natural Foods in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. He enjoyed touring the facility with owner and CEO, Dan Klock.


Under Dan’s leadership, Bridgetown has grown to over 200 employees.  Most are locals, hired right in Bridgetown’s neighborhood.


Bridgetown earned a prestigious B-Corp Certification earlier this year from non-profit B Lab. B Lab recognizes companies that meet high standards of transparency, accountability, sustainability, and performance – all with an aim to be of value to the community.


Later in the afternoon, Nick headed to ADX Portland in the Central Eastside. He joined its founder, Kelley Roy, for lunch.


ADX focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. By providing a hub – a shared space of resources and knowledge – Kelley and her team have built a great community of small manufacturers and designers. Many have even gone on to develop their own businesses. 


Bridgetown and ADX are perfect examples of great Portland companies – they support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive.

August 18, 2014

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