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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

Tree + Rebate = Treebate!

September 10, 2015

It’s September – which means it’s officially the start of tree-planting season in Portland.

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) rewards Portlanders with a “Treebate” for planting new trees.

Trees help keep rivers clean and our watersheds healthy by keeping rainwater out of our sewer system. A large tree can absorb nearly 600 gallons of stormwater a year!

If you plant an eligible tree, BES will credit your City utility bill! Your Treebate credit will depend on your tree’s size and future potential to help manage stormwater.   

Treebate is easy: purchase an eligible tree (or trees) and plant it in your residential yard. Then, submit a Treebate application along with your receipt. Applications are due by April 30, the end of tree-planting season.

Learn which trees are eligible, the best way to plant, and how you can get your Treebate on BES’s website.

Woodstock Gives Back

September 11, 2015

This Sunday, join Venture Portland and the Woodstock Community Business Association at Woodstock Gives Back: A Coordinated Day of Giving in Southeast Portland.

Businesses from all over Woodstock are partnering up with charities for a fun neighborhood event. Woodstock Gives Back is a great opportunity to give to causes that matter while supporting local small businesses. Enjoy live music, a photo booth, games, crafts, activities for kids, and much more!

The event is funded in part by a grant from Venture Portland. Nick is proud to serve as Council Liaison to Venture Portland, which invests in the growth of our local neighborhood business districts.

Check out the Woodstock Community Business Association’s website for more information and a list of participating businesses. 

Woodstock Gives Back: A Coordinated Day of Giving

Sunday, September 13, 10 am - 6 pm

SE 43rd Ave. between Woodstock and SE Knight

Out and about with Nick

September 14, 2015 

Nick had another busy weekend out and about in Portland.

On Friday evening, as a big fan of women’s soccer, Nick attended a University of Portland Pilots women’s soccer game. They beat UC Irvine 3-1.

On Saturday morning, Nick was proud to march with his friends Phillip Hillaire and Paul Lumley, members of the Grand Ronde Tribe, and other Native American tribes for the grand opening of Tilikum Crossing.

Tilikum Crossing, the “Bridge of the People,” is the nation’s largest car-free bridge. Trimet built the bridge for the MAX Orange Line light rail, the Portland Streetcar, buses, bikes, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles.

Tilikum is a Chinook word meaning people or family. The bridge is named Tilikum to honor the local Chinookan people and other Native Americans who have lived in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years.

Later, Nick was honored to speak at the kick-off for Cascade AIDS Project’s 2015 AIDS Walk

Cascade AIDS Project is leading the fight against HIV/AIDS in our community by providing support, education, housing and empowerment for people affected by HIV/AIDS. The annual walk raises awareness and raised money to combat HIV/AIDS.  

On Sunday, Nick stopped by the Montavilla Farmers Market in Southeast Portland.

The market vendors provide fresh, healthy, and locally grown food to East Portland families. Montavilla believes that everyone should have access to great food, regardless of their financial situation.

Shopping at local farmers markets is a great way to support your community and our local economy.

Lents Youth Initiative

September 15, 2015 

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Environmental ServicesCommunity Watershed Stewardship Program awarded a grant to the Lents Youth Initiative.

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program provides grants to engage volunteers in stormwater management and water restoration projects in their communities. Since 1995, CWSP has provided more than $1 million in grants for watershed projects, and helped organize more than 40,000 volunteers to work on local community projects.

The Lents Youth Initiative is a project led by local nonprofits ROSE CDC and OPAL Environmental Justice. The Initiative provides youth with leadership and skills training in community organizing and environmental and social justice.

The Initiative used the grant to hire two environmental stewardship interns. The interns applied their skills training to engage with neighbors and lead community watershed improvement projects. Together with neighborhood volunteers, they built a bioswale in Southeast Portland that manages stormwater runoff into Johnson Creek. Managing stormwater runoff is important because it leads to a healthier environment.

Great work, Lents Youth Initiative!

Check out the video! It highlights the hard work of all of the Lents Youth Initiative’s summer interns. Visit their website to learn more.