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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Council responds to proposed takeover of Water and Environmental Services bureaus

Today, lobbyists John DiLorenzo and Kent Craford announced a proposal to take over our community’s water and sewer services.


Mayor Hales, my fellow Council members and I are united in opposing this misguided effort.


We believe this proposal fails a basic test: it does not advance accountability, transparency, or responsible stewardship.


In fact, I believe it represents the most serious threat to the Bull Run Watershed in over 115 years.


Portland Public Water District Proposal


Statement from Commissioner Amanda Fritz


Statement from Commissioner Steve Novick

Statement from the Executive Director of Urban Greenspaces, Mike Houck


Water District Campaign Announces Ballot Initiative, Targets Nick Fish

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week


Group announces ballot initiative to restructure Portland utilities

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Some New Details on the Push for a New Water/Sewer Commission

Dirk Vanderhart in The Portland Mercury


Portland water rate fight looms on 2014 ballot

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Group wants a public vote on who controls Portland's water

Bob Heye KATU News

Initiative would take water control away from City

KGW News


Portland water, sewer spending would have new oversight model under 2014 ballot initiative

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian