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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


July 15, 2015

The Portland Water Bureau works hard throughout the year to provide Portlanders with some of the best drinking water in the nation.

One of the ways the Water Bureau maintains our high quality water is by conducting unidirectional flushing (UDF).

Over time, small bits of sediment and organic matter from the Bull Run Watershed settle and accumulate in the bottom of pipes. Unidirectional flushing forces high-speed water through pipes to remove those sediments. Flushing crews temporarily close valves to isolate sections of pipe, and water is directed through an open fire hydrant.  

Residents near flushing zones may notice discolored water and lower than normal water pressure. The discoloration does not pose a health risk. Residents should let tap water run until it becomes clear.  

Beginning this week, the Water Bureau will flush out water mains in the Powellhurst-Gilbert, Pleasant Valley/Powellhurst-Gilbert, and the Pleasant Valley neighborhoods. Flushing usually occurs Monday – Friday, between 9 am - 3:30 pm.

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for a full map of the flushing zone. 

Special guest blogger - Lilly Lee

July 16, 2015

What a busy week of work! Not necessarily just for myself, but for the whole Fish family. Working hard, helping each other prep Nick for Wednesday’s council session. The Mt. Tabor Reservoirs decision was a huge deal for Council. I sat in Council and listened to friendly amendments, testimony, and watched Portlanders give thumbs up and thumbs down. I thought the people living in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood gave thoughtful testimony, asking Council to preserve the reservoirs. The City Council approved a plan for the three open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor, so the reservoirs will be preserved. Council also approved $4 million to restore the reservoirs over the next four years. After sitting in council for an hour and a half, I had a lunch date with Commissioner Saltzman’s intern.

Alexis, Commissioner Saltzman’s intern, is studying at Oregon State University and her major is business. Alexis and I had lunch at Karam Lebanese & Syrian Cuisine. We’ve never had Lebanese food before, and I thought it would be great if we tried something new together. As we walked to the restaurant I found out that Alexis and I have a lot in common. We are both in college, we are the same age, we are interning through summer works for the same position in City Hall, and we both are believers. The only down side to this date is that we waited 40 minutes for our food, Alexis brought her lunch back to the office; and I brought mine home. Over all I had a great time connecting with Alexis and getting to know her on a deeper level!!!

I’m really sad I’m leaving this office so soon. Next Thursday is my last day!!!! I’ve learned so much from everyone here. I admire Nick, just the way he talks; so powerful and meaningful. Liam and I staffed Nick in a PowerPoint meeting this week, and when the presenter was done presenting Nick had the chance to give feedback. Every correction that Nick gave, I wanted to give him a high five. I can see that Nick really puts himself in the lens of the citizens of Portland, and cares about the benefits of Portlanders.

It’s an honor to work with the Fish family!

The Weekly Catch

Women’s soccer still seeks a level playing field (OPINION)

Nick Fish in The Oregonian


Portland approves deal to keep Mt. Tabor reservoirs filled

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Mt. Tabor reservoirs: Council approves preservation plan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Council agrees to spend $4M for Mt. Tabor reservoir water

Rachel Rafanelli in KGW News


Council tackles Mount Tabor, rideshares, RTDToo
Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Council agenda: Reservoirs, R2DToo, Uber and Lyft

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Council poised to resolve wrangling over reservoirs

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Crystal Springs Chinook July 2015

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services


PWB to blend reservoir with well water

Jennifer Dowling and KOIN 6 News Staff


Portland Water Bureau taps groundwater, will you notice the change?

Emily Sinovic in KATU News


How much water does your garden need this week? Get the exact number

Janet Eastman in The Oregonian


2015 Editorial Agenda mid-year report card: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board



Jules Rogers in the Portland Tribune


Street pianos in Portland provide an open opportunity to play

Randy L. Rasmussen in The Oregonian


Rescued pianos comes to life on the streets of Portland (Photos & Video)

Randy L. Rasmussen in The Oregonian


Surplus Stores

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland should test for housing discrimination every 18-24 months

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Housing, minority groups support Saltzman proposal to boost affordable housing in central city

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Bored with Power

July 20, 2015

Artists Joshua Pew and Molly Eno provide a satirical view of power in the Portland Building’s latest art installation, Bored with Power.

The installation includes a handmade, life-sized, stuffed gorilla on a ply-wood throne. It symbolizes the artists’ feelings towards the perceived power of large corporations, governments, and the general Western world. 

Each year, the Installation Art Series has several exhibition opportunities for talented university students. It’s a great way to introduce up-and-coming artists to the Portland community. Molly and Joshua both received their Bachelor of Fine Arts this year from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.

Bored with Power is up now through August 14 in the Portland Building’s lobby.

Check out RACC’s website for more information.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Just keep paddling

July 21, 2015

Are you up for an incredible water adventure? Grab your family and friends and head to the 21st Annual Columbia Slough Regatta

It’s an on-the-water festival, great for families and enthusiastic kayakers or canoeists alike. Feel free to paddle at your own pace, and enjoy the wildlife-watching excursion on calm, safe water.

The Columbia Slough Watershed was historically used by local Native Americans, and even visited by Lewis and Clark! Today, it’s an urban watershed, home to thousands of businesses, people, a marine terminal, and two airports.

Sponsored in part by the Portland Water Bureau, the Columbia’s hidden waterway is an important habitat for some of Oregon’s most beautiful creatures. While there, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, blue herons, otters, turtles, and more!

Register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.

Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday, August 2, 9 am – 1 pm

1880 NE Elrod Drive