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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

Sustainability at Crystal Springs Creek

April 21, 2015

The City of Portland continues to be a leader in sustainability. 

The American Planning Association (APA) awarded the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and Portland Parks & Recreation (Parks) with the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project award.

The annual award honors projects, policies, organizations making a difference in developing sustainable communities. 

Marie Walkiewicz from BES and Brett Horner from Parks accepted the award on behalf of the bureaus at APA’s Second Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability conference in Seattle. 

BES and Parks earned the honor for their great partnership on the Crystal Springs Creek restoration project.

Crystal Springs is a major tributary of Johnson Creek that originates from springs near Reed College. 

The restoration project’s aim was to enhance conditions of the creek and improve water quality. It included converting a duck pond into a wetland, removing nine culverts, adding walkways, planting nearly 2,000 native plants and trees, and much more! 

One of the main objectives of the project was to also restore salmon habitat. Thanks to BES and Parks’ innovative collaboration, salmon came back to Portland during last year’s spawning season, and will be back for years to come.

Crystal Springs is now a safe, sustainable, flourishing home for salmon and other critters. 

Check out BES’ website to learn more about the Crystal Springs Creek restoration project. 

Making Earth Day every day

April 22, 2015

Portland is famous for being green. From forests and open spaces to urban streams and watersheds, Portlanders are lucky to share their space with a rich, natural environment.

Portland is also famous for its “green” practices. In celebration of Earth Day, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announced a new grading system to track Portland’s watershed health.

Healthy watersheds protect public health, make our community more livable, and support native fish and wildlife. BES’s new Watershed Report Cards will assign A-F letter grades for temperature, mineral content, wildlife numbers, tree canopy, and more! Not only will the City be better able to identify problem areas, but Portlanders will also get a bigger picture of our overall environmental health – and how they can get involved in keeping Portland green.

We’ll grade watersheds across our community – in the Willamette, Willamette Tributaries, Fanno Creek, Tryon Creek, Columbia Slough, and Johnson Creek.

Check out BES' website for more information.

BES Watershed Report Cards PowerPoint

Supporting the arts

April 23, 2015

Portland is a great place to live, work, and play thanks to the arts. 

Nick is proud to serve as the Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), our local arts and culture champion. RACC provides millions in grants each year to local artists, arts organizations, and education programs in our community.

RACC announced an additional $200,000 in grants for 11 Portland-based arts organizations through RACC’s General Operating Support program. Arts organizations count on the funding so they can enrich our community with arts education, music, theater, dance, and more!

The boost in funding is thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund (AEAF), as well as funding from the City of Portland. The AEAF income tax generates more than $7 million each year to support arts education in our public schools, and to help expand access to the arts for all.

Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

Friday Roundup

BES Watershed Report Card PowerPoint


Portland treatment plant to produce renewable natural gas

Biomass Magazine


The Long, Hot Summer

Christen McCurdy in the Portland Mercury


Portland may dodge parching drought

John Vincent in the Portland Tribune


Fate of Washington Park reservoirs heads to council

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Should it be easier to fight City Hall? Portland officials propose changes

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Despite 'troubling' fair-housing results, Portland to cut back on testing

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland adding flexibility to green-building policy, cutting parking requirements

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Nick Fish: Uber has to earn my trust
KGW News Staff


Uber to return - legally - to Portland, Oregon

Steven DuBois in the Associated Press


Portland City Council Legalizes Uber and Lyft

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week


Commissioner Amanda Fritz-An Uber Foe-Is Still Allowing Taxis to "Go Wild" Right Away

Anna Walters in the Willamette Week


Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week


City votes to allow Uber, Lyft to operate alongside taxis

KGW Staff and the Associated Press


Portland makes Uber and Lyft legal -- for now

Joseph Rose in The Oregonian


Portland City Council approves 120-day pilot program for Uber, Lyft

Bob Heye in KATU News


Not Long Now

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

Kelly Butte Reservoir serves Portland

April 27, 2015

A new reservoir at Kelly Butte in Southeast Portland is now serving pristine Bull Run water to customers across our community. 

For 43 years, a 10 million gallon above-ground tank stored water at Kelly Butte. In 2012, the Portland Water Bureau began work on a new, larger reservoir to serve Portland’s growing population.

The new reservoir includes two underground cells that hold 25 million gallons of water. Bull Run water fills the Kelly Butte reservoir, which then serves East Portland businesses and families. The reservoir also serves as a  water stopover for reservoirs and storage tanks in Southwest Portland.

The storage tanks are now underground, so they have disappeared from view. Crews will continue working this year to construct access roads and fences, and to complete landscaping – including  planting more than 1,660 trees and 7,250 scrubs across the entire site. 

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.

Portland's new Kelly Butte Reservoir is open, funneling water to city taps

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Portland Water Bureau Shows Off New Reservoirs

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB