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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

The Weekly Catch

Vanport Mosaic

 

City honors historic community of Vanport on May 30 with 'Vanport Day of Remembrance'

KATU News

 

Tour Historic Vanport

City Green Blog

Portland Water Bureau

 

Water Quality Update

Nick Fish Blog

 

Parasite in Drinking Water Forces Portland to Look at Treatment Options

Katherine Cook in KGW News

 

City of Portland Agrees to Treat Bull Run Water

Pat Dooris in KGW News

 

Portland Will Need to Treat Water from Bull Run

Amy Frazier in KOIN 6 News

 

Nick on KPAM Radio (segment begins at 27:40)

First Edition with Tim Hohl and Terry Travis, KPAM Radio

 

Treatment Plant May be Required at Bull Run Reservoir

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

Ryan Haas in OPB

 

Portland Loses Its Water Treatment Exemption

OPB's Think Out Loud

 

A Tiny Parasite Is Probably Going to Cost Water Customers Tens of Millions

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Hall Monitor: Hall Pass Revoked

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Parasite Levels in Portland's Drinking Water Surpass State Limits, Will Cost City at Least $90M

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

The Portland Utility Board

 

The Portland Utility Board Needs You

The Portland Water Blog

Water Quality Update

This morning, Commissioner Fish shared the following message with his Council colleagues:

Dear Colleagues,

I write to update you on an important water quality issue.

Last Friday, the Water Bureau received a letter from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) revoking the City’s variance to treat for cryptosporidium in the Bull Run Watershed, effective September 22, 2017.

In 2012, Portland became the only water utility in the country to receive a 10-year variance to the required treatment under LT2 (Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule). The variance is structured like a last-chance agreement, and is subject to stringent testing requirements. The OHA action follows this past winter’s positive tests for cryptosporidium.

I want to be clear that the Portland Water Bureau has been, and remains, in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and that Bull Run water is safe to drink.

In response to OHA’s action, I have directed the bureau to brief the Council on treatment options at a work session on June 27.

We are coordinating all media requests concerning this issue. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Mike if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Nick Fish

Encl: OHA Order dated May 19, 2017

Portland Water Bureau FAQ

 

Media

Parasite in Drinking Water Forces Portland to Look at Treatment Options

Katherine Cook in KGW News

 

City of Portland Agrees to Treat Bull Run Water

Pat Dooris in KGW News

 

Portland Will Need to Treat Water from Bull Run

Amy Frazier in KOIN 6 News

 

Nick on KPAM Radio (segment begins at 27:40)

First Edition with Tim Hohl and Terry Travis, KPAM Radio

 

Treatment Plant May be Required at Bull Run Reservoir

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

Ryan Haas in OPB

 

Portland Loses Its Water Treatment Exemption

OPB's Think Out Loud

 

A Tiny Parasite Is Probably Going to Cost Water Customers Tens of Millions

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Hall Monitor: Hall Pass Revoked

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Parasite Levels in Portland's Drinking Water Surpass State Limits, Will Cost City at Least $90M

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

People of Color in Portland Government Face a Frustrating and Even Scary Time

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

City Auditor Gets More Independence, Lodging Tax Changes Approved

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

All-User Restroom Challenge

Fish Challenges Businesses to Expand All-User Restrooms

Ted Perkins in The Hollywood Star News

Budget

Council Approves New Portland Budget

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Approves Mayor's $600M Budget

KATU News

Portland Harbor Superfund

EPA Selects Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. for Environmental Workforce Grant

Environmental Protection Agency in The Skanner

In Other News

Where is PDX's Inclusionary Housing?

Jules Rogers in the Portland Tribune

 

Top Things to Do Arts This Weekend: May 18–21

Rebecca Jacobson and Meagan Nolan in The Portland Monthly

City Council Approves Budget

This afternoon, Council approved the City Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In June, City Council will formally adopt the budget. Nick’s full statement during the vote is below:

“Mayor and colleagues, I’m very pleased to support this budget.

This has been an unusually collaborative and collegial process.

The budget before us today addresses many of the issues I care most about and includes targeted and strategic funding for our shared priorities.

In particular, I want to highlight that it:

 • Directs a $50 million down-payment on Build Portland, a bold initiative the Mayor has proposed to tackle our backlog of street maintenance and repair.

 • Invests significant new funds in Vision Zero, affirming our belief that one death on our streets is too many.

 • Continues our commitment to partnering with the County to fight homelessness in our community. And I want to acknowledge the Mayor’s early work to build a strong partnership with County Chair Deborah Kafoury – that relationship is vital to the success of our work.

 • It continues investments in highly-performing programs that support our neighborhood small businesses.

 • Supports the Rose Festival, Portland’s official festival.

 • Continues to show discipline with ratepayer dollars, focusing on basic services like resilience and water quality. And this budget continues General Fund support for improvements at the historic Mt. Tabor reservoirs, work we’re doing in partnership with the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association.

 • We have partially restored funding for the arts, funded the first-ever performance audit of the Regional Arts and Cultural Council, and continued to fund the Portland Film Office.

 • This budget funds new Park Ranger positions in East Portland to work upstream with the community to solve problems.

 • Finally, this budget launches a program I’m very excited about called Project Search, which brings the City together with a non-profit to provide work opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. We’ll be piloting this in the utility bureaus starting this summer.

Mayor, I want to thank you for leading what has been a very collaborative and transparent process with your colleagues. I also want to recognize your staff – Maurice and Kristin in particular, my Council colleagues, Andrew Scott and his incomparable team, and my own staff for their hard work.

And lastly, to all those who attended forums, sent emails, came in for meetings, and made their voices heard—thank you. Your advocacy has led to a better budget for our community.

Aye.”

Welcome Amira Streeter!

Join us in welcoming Amira Streeter to the Fish Team as our new Policy Director!

Amira was born in our nation’s capital and calls Gaithersburg, Maryland her childhood home. As a U.S. Foreign Service brat, Amira grew up living and travelling all over the world – Russia, Indonesia, China, India, Nigeria, and Germany, just to name a few! In 2010, Amira moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law for their prestigious environmental law program. As an undergrad, Amira attended Skidmore College, where she studied environmental science, dance, and art.

Amira is excited to return to public service, having worked for Lew Frederick in the Oregon Legislature and the City of Portland for the Equitable Contracting and Purchasing Commission. She has worked in the private sector on environmental and energy projects and for non-profits on policy on community development, social equity, and environmental issues. She is involved with various environmental organizations including the Oregon Environmental Council, Sierra Club, and the Environmental Professionals of Color.

She mostly recently served as Policy and Advocacy Director for the Urban League of Portland.

On her days off, Amira enjoys watching movies, crafting, and playing with her dog, Lula, in parks throughout Portland.