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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

Stewardship Grants

January 26, 2015

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is accepting pre-applications for their Stewardship Grants. 

The grants are for innovative projects that help improve Portland’s neighborhoods and communities, as well as watershed health.  Examples of funded projects include youth leadership and skills development, community gardens and green spaces, art and education, and more!

Since 1995, the CWSP has provided over $867,000 in grants to local organizations!

For the average residential sewer ratepayer, the grants represent an investment of about 24 cents a year, and every grant dollar invested leverages three dollars in volunteer time and similar contributions. 

Pre-applications are due by 4:00pm on Friday, February 6.   Selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications in the spring. 

For more information, visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website.

Crystal Clear


January 26, 2015

Last fall, the City celebrated the grand re-opening of Westmoreland Park and the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek in Southeast Portland.

Straw Bale Films, a local film company that focuses on sustainable practices and environmental concerns, produced Crystal Clear, a short film about the incredible restoration. 

The film highlights the history, restoration, and success of Crystal Springs Creek. The City’s Bureau of Environmental Services was proud to partner with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Reed College, and other community groups to restore the creek’s natural environment. 

Crystal Springs is a major tributary to Johnson Creek, and flows into the Willamette River.  It’s an important habitat for salmon, birds, and other wildlife.  

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information. 

Monthly Statements Arrive for City Utility Customers

January 28, 2015

You asked, we listened! The City’s two utility bureaus, Environmental Services and Water, value excellent customer service. In response to customer requests, we are excited to offer an option to pay monthly – rather than quarterly – to the 97% of customers who are eligible.

To keep administrative costs down, the monthly statement option was initially limited to paperless (e-bill) customers when it launched in October 2013. When we heard from some customers that the e-bill requirement was a barrier, we began working to remove it. We committed to removing that requirement before 2015, and beat our deadline, launching the free and voluntary program in November 2014. As of Jan. 27, 2015, 13,122 customers are already signed up. ...Keep reading.

Portland offers monthly mailed water/sewer statements

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Monthly water, sewer bills now available

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

New, 'pay every month' system for Portland water bills

Kerry Tomlinson in KATU Problem Solvers

Tackle your toilet!

January 29, 2015

This weekend is the Superbowl.  And, while many eyes will be glued to TVs, there is one unexpected bowl you should definitely keep your eye on: your toilet bowl. 

The toilet is the most common place to find a leak in a home or business.  While a seemingly minor issue, toilets can waste a lot of water – and a lot of your money.

Luckily, checking for toilet leaks is easy! The Portland Water Bureau recommends using these ‘Three Rs’ to tackle your toilet and save money:

Remember to check your toilet for leaks twice a year.  Add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes.  If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, there’s a leak.

Repair your leaks! Check out the Regional Water Providers Consortium’s short video on how to repair a leaky toilet.

Replace older toilets with a WaterSense high-efficiency one.  Older toilets can use up to four times more water per flush.  The Portland Water Bureau offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet with a high-efficiency one. For complete details, visit:

Get tackling! For more information, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website.

Friday Roundup

PDX Tonight: Schoolhouse Supplies Celebrity Spelling Bee

KGW News


16 Portland arts groups receive $1.4million from arts tax, city surplus

David Stabler in The Oregonian


Portland Commissioner Nick Fish is looking for a new chief of staff

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Press Release: Portland Water Bureau Monthly Statement


New, 'pay every month' system for Portland water bills

Kerry Tomlinson in KATU News


Portland offers monthly mailed water/sewer statements
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Monthly water, sewer bills now available

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Crystal Clear
Straw Bale Films


Techtown Portland: People on the Move

Uncage the Soul Productions


Portland company that built city's energy-generating water pipe sets sights on global market

Kelly House in The Oregonian


Tabor reservoir's fate up to City Council
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Fritz seeks more money for infrastructure

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City, short-term rental hosts face off

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


David Sarasohn: Portland City Council's street-funding misadventure

David Sarasohn in The Oregonian


Mayor Hales Could Make a Power Play with Portland City Hall Reshuffle
Cornelius Swart in GolocalPDX


Charlie Hales' struggle to lead at City Hall: Editorial Agenda 2015
The Oregonian Editorial Board