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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 also serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Portland's Public Art
As a passionate supporter of the arts – including jazz, modern dance, and sculpture – Nick is honored to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).
Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have a large, diverse collection of publicly-owned art.
The collection includes more than 1,900 works of art – paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more – displayed across Portland in neighborhoods, schools, libraries, and other public buildings.
In Nick’s office, we are proud to display our own gallery of public art from the collection, including carved wood pieces, abstract paintings, photographs, and watercolors.
Portland is blessed with a strong arts community. Take a walk in your neighborhood, view our public collection on RACC’s website, or download the free PublicArtPDX app on your iPhone to find art near you!
August 31, 2015
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.
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!
The Skanner News
August 31, 2015
The Weekly Catch
The Standard 2015 Volunteer Expo, August 2015
Beth Slovic in Willamette Week
Fox 12 News
Andrew Theen in the Oregonian
Oregonian Editorial Board in the Oregonian
Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury
WWeek News Staff in the Willamette Week
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune
Jonathan Maus on BikePortland, August 26, 2015
KOIN News, August 26, 2015
Beth Slovic in the Willamette Week
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.
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.
Jamie Hale in The Oregonian
August 27, 2015