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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2014

As you spend time with your loved ones today, don't forget to share your love with Portland small businesses on Twitter and hashtag #pdxLOVESsmallbiz.

I wanted to share this inspiring poem with you all by Langston Hughes.

I Dream a World

By Langston Hughes

I dream a world where man

No other man will scorn,

Where love will bless the earth

And peace its paths adorn.

I dream a world where all

Will know sweet freedom's way,

Where greed no longer saps the soul

Nor avarice blights our day.

A world I dream where black or white,

Whatever race you be,

Will share the bounties of the earth

And every man is free,

Where wretchedness will hang its head

And joy, like a pearl,

Attends the needs of all mankind--

Of such I dream, my world!

Oregon Experience: Bull Run

February 14, 2014

On Monday night at 9pm, OPB’s Oregon Experience will share the story of our Bull Run Watershed. 

Drinking water from the Bull Run first flowed to Portland in 1895. Today, the watershed provides nearly 1 million Oregonians with some of the best drinking water in the world. 

OPB’s Bull Run episode captures the fascinating history of our drinking water, beginning in the 1870s when Oregon was still frontier land. Our 19th-century Oregonians created a visionary system to provide clean, quality water to Portland residents, as well as maintain the fragile ecosystem of the region. 

Today, the Portland Water Bureau and the US Forest Service collaborate and continue that tradition, upholding the integrity of the Bull Run Watershed with its lush forests and delicious water. 

Bull Run is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, only 26 miles from Portland.  Sign up for a tour between July and October.

Washington Park Reservoirs Virtual Open House

February 18, 2014

The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) wants your feedback on the final design plans for the visible features for Washington Park Reservoirs 3 and 4.

Due to a federal mandate, Reservoir 3 will be replaced with a 15-million gallon underground reservoir. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from drinking water, and updated to use as an overflow and storm water retention tank & de-chlorination facility.

Over the last several months, PWB has gathered feedback for the future of the reservoir sites.  The popular recommendation so far is to create a cascading reflecting pool and a lowland habitat with clear water.

What do you think? Click through the virtual “Open House” and tell us your ideas.

Your comments will be shared with the project team and representatives on the Community Sounding Board. The Board is comprised of park users, neighborhood association representatives, and Portland Parks & Recreation staff; they will advise the PWB as the design is finalized.

The virtual open house will be available until February 28. Visit the PWB website to share your comments and help finalize the design!

Portlanders give small businesses a big Valentine

February 18, 2014

The recent winter storm brought out the best in Portland, with people coming together to keep our community safe.

But as people stayed home and out of the cold, our small business community took a hit.

The weekend before Valentine’s Day is traditionally a big weekend for Portland’s neighborhood shops. The severe weather impacted sales, forcing many to close.

Last week, in partnership with Venture Portland, Nick launched #pdxLOVESsmallbiz on Twitter to show our small businesses some love on Valentine’s Day.

The campaign quickly caught fire, and we’ve already heard from small businesses like Etcetera in St. Johns and betsy & iya in NW Portland. They enjoyed big sales over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Let’s not lose the momentum. By shopping local, we can give our small businesses a boost year-round. And 70 cents of each dollar spent stays in our local economy.

Keep #pdxLOVESsmallbiz alive on Twitter – share your deals and favorite shops in Portland. Together, we can continue to support our neighborhood small businesses.

Post-storm campaign aims to put bounce back in Portland small businesses' step

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Twitter helps Portland businesses this Valentine's Day

Joe Smith KGW News

Green infrastructure makes for cleaner water

February 19, 2014

Portlanders made a great investment in the Big Pipe! 

Since Friday, Portland has seen over three inches of rain, and the combined sewer overflow (CSO) control program has been working exactly as it was designed to – keeping sewage out of the Willamette River. Before the CSO program and the Big Pipe, only 1/10 of an inch of rain in 24 hours would cause millions of gallons of sewage to overflow into the Willamette.

Thanks to our green stormwater management infrastructure, that no longer happens, and our city and nature remain healthy and clean.

Johnson Creek was also flood-free this weekend.  The new Foster Floodplain Natural Area reduces Johnson Creek’s common flooding from once every other year to once every six to eight years. 

Learn more about the Big Pipe and CSOs by visiting the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website.

No Johnson Creek floods or Willamette River sewage discharges after weekend rainstorms

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune