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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

BES Director Recruitment

March 3, 2015

The City of Portland is looking for a highly qualified professional to lead the Bureau of Environmental Services.    

The director is responsible for managing a workforce of over 500 represented and non-represented full-time employees.  

Environmental Services is dedicated to protecting our environment, water quality, and public health.  BES is a national leader in green infrastructure, which keeps nearly 3 billion gallons of stormwater runoff out of our sewer system each year.       

Applications are due March 27.  

Learn more about the Director position on BES’ website

Italian Style

March 4, 2015

The Portland Art Museum has a glamorous new exhibit dedicated to one of Italy’s most well-known art forms: fashion.    

The exhibit, Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945, provides a historical and artistic journey of Italian fashion, from the end of WWII to today. 

The exhibit examines Italy’s post-war devastation in the late 40s, the Hollywood bustle of the 1950s and ‘60s, and into the global powerhouse of fashion that Italy is today.

Italian Style includes both women’s fashion and menswear.  There are over 100 pieces by leading Italian fashion artists, including Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Versace, and many more! 

The Portland Art Museum is funded, in part, by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund.

See Italian Style at the museum through May 3.  Visit Portland Art Museum’s website for more information. 

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

Portland Art Museum

1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Photo courtesy of the Portland Art Museum.

Reusing Biogas

March 5, 2015

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) continues to be a leader in green infrastructure with an upcoming project dedicated toward using 100% of its biogas. 

Biogas is a by-product created when treating solids at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. A new facility at the treatment plant will turn the biogas into reusable energy. 

After exploring options for the biogas, BES staff determined that converting the biogas into compressed natural gas vehicle fuel is the most economical and environmentally friendly.  It will reduce diesel fuel use and cuts greenhouse gas emissions. 

Once completed, the project will re-use nearly all of the 600 million cubic feet of biogas the treatment plant produces annually.  And, it’ll save money for sewer ratepayers! 

BES expects the new facility could be operational by 2017.

Learn more about the project on BES’ website.

Portland treatment plant moves towards 100% biogas utilization

News Release

Friday Roundup

Portland treatment plant moves toward 100% biogas utilization

News Release


Job Hunt for new Bureau of Environmental Services director is on: Portland City Hall Roundup

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Environmental Services Director Search


Westmoreland Park in Southeast Portland ready for spring (photos)

Michelle Brence in The Oregonian


Praying for a Miracle

Larry Johnson in the Portland Observer


Mead It and Weep

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week


Mount Tabor reservoirs: Appeals put fate back in Portland City Council’s court

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland sticks it to mountain bikers: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland officials ban mountain bikers from longtime turf at River View Natural Area

Kelly House in The Oregonian

National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 9, 2015

This week is dedicated to one of our most valuable renewable resources: groundwater!

Groundwater makes up 95% of all fresh water in the world.  It occurs when rain soaks into soil and moves deep underground to fill natural aquifers. 

Groundwater serves as the secondary source for Portland’s drinking water, after the Bull Run Watershed.  The Portland Water Bureau has 27 wells in three regional aquifers in the Columbia South Shore Well Field.  The Well Field can provide nearly 100 million gallons of quality drinking water each day in an emergency, or to augment the Bull Run’s supply during the hot summer months. 

Help keep our groundwater clean by reporting any chemical spills or illegal dumping.  Call Oregon Emergency Response System at 1-800-452-0311 and the Bureau of Environmental Services at (503) 823-7180. 

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website to learn more about Portland’s groundwater.