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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

Poverty Awareness Week

April 15, 2015

Today, Nick was honored to speak to students at St. Mary’s Academy, as part of the school’s Poverty Awareness Week.

Nick talked about the documentary, American Winter, which chronicles eight Portland families who struggled during the Great Recession. The film highlights the challenges faced by working families in a “one strike and you’re out” economy.

American Winter features interviews with a number of community leaders, including Nick. The film won a number of awards, and was nominated for an Emmy.

Nick described the film as a “call to action,” and urged students to think about the ways they can make a difference addressing poverty in our community.

Special thanks to Nick’s hosts, including senior student chair, Monet Tyler, as well as the other student advisors and teachers. And congratulations to the St. Mary’s family for shining a light on poverty.

Our healthy Bull Run Watershed

April 16, 2015

Last month marked the third anniversary of our one-of-a-kind Bull Run Watershed Treatment Variance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that cities take action to keep the bacteria Cryptosporidium out of our drinking water. “Crypto” causes a terrible gastrointestinal illness that can be especially dangerous for children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. The EPA’s rule says cities must treat for the bacteria at the source of their drinking water.

Thanks to Portland’s outstanding raw water quality, we received a variance for Crypto treatment from the Oregon Health Authority in 2012. The variance allows the Portland Water Bureau to maintain our Bull Run water supply without adding the expensive special treatments for cryptosporidium. We are the only large water system in the nation to receive a variance!

Our visionary Bull Run Watershed not only provides us some of the best drinking water in the world, the protections we have in place in the watershed make Crypto contamination very unlikely. Portland Water Bureau staff monitor our water quality extensively to make sure it stays that way.

The Water Bureau released their Bull Run Treatment Variance Watershed Report for 2014. It includes two very important facts: the Water Bureau remains in full compliance with our variance conditions, and there were zero detections of Crypto in our water!

Check out the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about the Bull Run Watershed Treatment Variance. 

Friday Roundup

Oregon dad, son featured in ‘American Winter’ documentary face foreclosure again

Amy Wang in The Oregonian


Portland water pipeline begins producing renewable energy

Jonathan Andrews in Cities Today


Portland treatment plant to produce renewable natural gas

Biomass Magazine


Portland could expand low-income utility discounts, panel says: City Hall Roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Officials pledge 500 units of affordable housing in good Portland neighborhoods

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Where does the Portland Arts Tax go?
John Tierney in KGW News


Portland Center Stage wins $770,000 to lure Millennials, children of baby boomers

David Stabler in The Oregonian


What should Portland do with $30 million?
Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland’s Forestland Investment Company Ecotrust Named Best for The World

Briauna Skye McKizzie in GoLocalPDX


Oregon’s biggest brewery gets bigger: Widmer plans $10 million expansion in Portland

John Foyston in The Oregonian


City not quite ready to hitch a ride with Uber

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Sewage flows in river near Cathedral Park

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Out and about with Commissioner Fish

April 17, 2015

Nick had an especially great day yesterday, with the opportunity to visit some of Portland’s stellar nonprofit organizations.  

In the morning, Nick joined Scott Andrews at LifeWorks Northwest’s annual breakfast fundraiser at the Zoo. The nonprofit supports people struggling with mental illness and addiction. Lifeworks provides proactive and culturally responsive services for people of all ages. 

Afterwards, Spencer Beebe, founder and developer of the award-winning Ecotrust building, gave Nick a tour of Ecotrust’s “The Redd Project” in Southeast Portland. The project focuses on sustainable food in our community. Ecotrust seeks to foster a natural model of development. They help create strong communities, economies, and ecosystems. Ecotrust was just awarded “B Corp Best for the World” for the third time! B Corps are companies that meet very high standards of social and environmental performance, as well as accountability and transparency.

Then, Nick was honored to join Rich Brown as he was recognized at the REAP Legacy Award Luncheon. REAP stands for Reaching & Empowering All People. It provides youth leadership development programs and activities in our diverse communities.   

We’re lucky to live in a city with so many engaged citizens, mission-driven nonprofits, and visionary leaders!

Take a stroll through Portland’s art

April 20, 2015

April showers bring May flowers… but what does April sunshine bring? An opportunity to get outside and take a stroll through Portland’s public artworks!

Portland has more than 1,900 publicly-owned pieces of art – including sculptures, photographs, paintings, murals, and more.

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, our local nonprofit in charge of curating and caring for our public art collection. RACC’s website provides an exhaustive, searchable database of all of our public artwork:

Public Art PDX is a free iPhone/iPod app that showcases more than 400 of Portland’s public artworks on display around our city. The app provides a location-based map to show you which artwork is near you! The app includes photos of the work, details about the artist, and more.

Portland is a special place to live, work, and play thanks to the arts. Download Public Art PDX, grab your sunscreen and go for a walk, and find your new favorite piece of public art!

Learn more about our public art collection on RACC’s website.