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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

Celebrating Salmon in Our City


October 2, 2019

Today, Council celebrated salmon in the city with a proclamation, a new salmon sanctuary project, an update on the City’s Salmon-Safe practices, and a major award announcement.

C40 Cities Award

Nick announced that Portland’s Crystal Springs Watershed Restoration project was named a finalist for the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropy Awards, which recognizes cities worldwide that are demonstrating climate action leadership.

The Crystal Springs Watershed Restoration project in SE Portland improved the creek’s water quality and removed culverts so salmon and other fish can travel up the Willamette River tributary.

As a result of the project, Crystal Springs Creek became the city’s first salmon sanctuary in 2017. Led by the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), the project brought together community groups, government agencies, and indigenous communities to protect threatened salmon and steelhead.

Making Tryon Creek Accessible for Salmon

Following the project at Crystal Springs, BES, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a restoration project at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The project included replacing an old culvert with a “salmon subway” that allows fish to access the Refuge for the first time in over 100 years.

Today, Council approved the next restoration project – Tryon Creek. BES and partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will remove a culvert that’s blocking fish passage to Tryon Creek, unlocking the watershed to salmon.

A Salmon-Safe City

Council also received an update on the City’s progress in meeting its Salmon-Safe re-certification.

Portland-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe independently certifies land management practices and their possible effects on water quality and salmon habitat. Portland Parks & Recreation has been certified Salmon-Safe since 2004, the first City bureau to be certified. In 2016, the City of Portland became the first city in the world to achieve certification.

Salmon in Our City Day

The City’s 6th annual Salmon Celebration will be this Sunday, October 6th. Council proclaimed October 6th to be the 2nd annual “Salmon in our City Day” and invites community members to join the celebration at Johnson Creek Park, where Crystal Springs Creek flows into Johnson Creek.

Special thanks to the staff at BES and Parks for their ongoing work, to Salmon-Safe Executive Director Dan Kent, and to Judy Bluehorse Skelton for her steadfast partnership. And thanks to the many government, nonprofit, and community partners who support the City’s salmon restoration work and share our vision for a greener, healthier city.




Salmon in Our City map (click for full size) Crystal Springs Creek as it passes through Westmoreland Park


C40 Cities Awards Press Release

BES News


Portland Named as a Finalist in Global Climate Action Awards

Monica Samoya in OPB News


Portland Salmon Restoration Project Named Finalist for Global Bloomberg Award

Everton Bailey in The Oregonian

Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Gavel in Office

Commissioner Fish's Interview With KATU News

September 27, 2019

Nick's father served in the U.S. House during Richard Nixon's impeachment inquiry. He played a pivotal role on the Judiciary Committee, supporting two of the three Articles of Impeachment. KATU News visited the Fish Office to learn more about that family history and a memento Commissioner Fish keeps in his office. You can read the story below or on KATU's website here.

Only three U.S. presidents have ever faced impeachment proceedings, and you can find a memento from one of those history-making events at Portland City Hall.

On Wednesday, City Commissioner Nick Fish spoke about a precious keepsake he got from his father, Hamilton Fish, who was a member of Congress during the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

“In honor of my dad, it’s been one of the great joys of my life to have Peter Rodino’s gavel in my office at City Hall,” Fish said.

That gavel is a significant piece of U.S. history.

Rodino was the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which passed articles of impeachment against Nixon.

“I don’t know how many gavels the chairman used in the summer of 1974. There couldn’t be many of them,” Fish said.

He said Rodino gave the gavel to his father.

“I think he was deeply touched by the sign of respect,” Fish said.

Back then, U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish was a junior member of the bipartisan panel that famously passed the articles of impeachment against Nixon. But before the House of Representatives could vote to impeach him, Nixon resigned.

“I was very proud of my dad for his work,” Fish said. “He’d always say the same thing: ‘I took an oath to support the Constitution. I’ll listen to the evidence, and I’ll vote my conscience.’”

Fish said lawmakers today would do well to follow that line of thinking in the months ahead.

“I hope that some of the examples that committee set in the summer of ’74, guide congressional actions now in the fall of 2019,” he said.

Rodino wrote a letter to Hamilton Fish when he gave him the gavel. Along with the gavel, Nick Fish also displays that letter, which reads: “Dear Ham: Since we have shared an extraordinary experience in our country’s history, I thought you might like, as a memento of those historic events, one of the gavels I used during the impeachment hearings. Warm Regards. Sincerely, Peter W. Rodino, Jr.”

Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Hearings Gavel in Office


The Weekly Catch

Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Hearings Gavel in Office



Meet Mel Brown, the Portland Jazz Legend Who Plays for Something Greater than Himself

Isabel Zacharias and Kaylee Domzalski in OPB News


EPA Rejects Proposal to Scale Back Cleanup Plans for Portland Harbor

Cassandra Profita in OPB News


Portland Parks & Recreation

Urban Forestry Celebrates Arbor Day 2019 And the Fall Planting Season
PP&R News


Portland Metro Makes Gains Against Poverty; Oregon Overtakes U.S. in Household Income

Elliot Njus and Mike Rogoway in The Oregonian

Most Oregon Rent Increases Capped at 9.9% in 2020

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Portland Leaders Oppose White House Proposal on Police Moving Homeless People

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Neighborhood Associations

Eudaly Delays City Council Vote on Neighborhood Changes

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Moves to Delay Changes to Portland’s Neighborhood Associations

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Neighborhood Watches Have Gone Out of Fashion. Portland City Hall Aims to Remodel Them.
Sophie Peel in Willamette Week


Environmental Services

Advisory: Sewage Release from Pump Station at NE Alderwood Road Reaches Columbia Slough

BES News


Sewage Flows into Columbia Slough After Pipe Ruptures at NE Portland Pump Station

FOX 12 News


In Other News

Council Appoints First Five Clean Energy Fund Committee Members

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland’s Carbon Emissions from Planes, Trains, And Automobiles Are Rising

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Portland Water Bureau Warns Earthquake Could Leave City with Major Shortages

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

Can the People Wanting to Bring Major League Baseball to Portland Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Robert Ham in the Portland Mercury


Portland Approves $1 Million Repair Contract for Going Street Bridge Smashed by Train

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch


Two More Steps Forward Toward a Cleaner Willamette River

Commissioner Fish Blog


Council Approves $3.475 Million More For Portland Harbor Cleanup

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland City Council Votes to Fund Cleanup Plan on Superfund Site

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian


Portland is Leasing Sellwood and Fulton Community Centers to Private Organizations

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Neighbors Save Sellwood Community Center

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News


Tenants Find Landlords Unwilling to Take a Rental Assistance Check Designed to Get Them Through a Financial Pinch

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


LGBTQ+ Sobriety House Opens in Portland

KATU News Staff

Open and Accountable Elections

Can Portland Deliver on the Promise of Publicly Funded Elections?

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Your City Hall: New Portland Campaign Funding Rules in Place

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Darcelle is Finally Having Her Portland Moment

Lizzy Acker in The Oregonian


Portland Drag Queens Raise Money for Cancer

KOIN 6 News Staff


Study: Portland Has 10th Best Public Transit System in The Nation

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Forum Will Look at Whether All Roads Lead to Congestion Pricing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Says Portland Police Need to Increase DUII Patrols

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week


The Portland Police Bureau Clears Lieutenant Investigated for Communications with Protest Groups

Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week


Cop Cleared in Controversy Over His Friendly Texts with Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson Before, During Protests

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Portland Community Groups Ask for More Accountability in New Police Contract

Meerah Powell in OPB News


Portland Police Labor Contract: Community Coalition Calls for Public Input, Changes

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

In Other News

The Portland Handbook 2019: Read It, Learn It, LIVE It

Portland Mercury Staff


Code Reform Could Eliminate References to All Groups

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Greyhound Moves Out, Puts Portland Bus Terminal Up for Sale

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


KGW’s Own Maggie Vespa Calls Out Online Bully with Empowering Words

Gillian Flaccus in KGW News


An Oregon News Anchor Wore Pants During a Broadcast. She Then Shared the Body-Shaming Comments She Received.

Gillian Flaccus in Time Magazine


We’re Barely Listening to the U. S’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Shannon Hall in The New York Times


Two More Steps Forward Toward a Cleaner Willamette River

September 12, 2019

Yesterday, Council approved two important parts of the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup.

The first project is to move forward on designing the cleanup at Willamette Cove. Willamette Cove is a unique and important site on the east bank of the river – one of few places with public access to the river. The City is partnering with the Port of Portland, the State of Oregon, and the U.S. Department of Defense on cleaning the site, which was a major shipbuilding terminal during World War II.

The second project is an Information Management Plan that will guide data collection and sharing from each of the individual sites in the Superfund area. The Information Management Plan will ensure consistent, timely, and transparent information for the public, government agencies, local businesses, and Superfund parties.

In December 2018, the United States Environmental Agency (EPA) announced that the entire Portland Harbor Superfund site needed to meet significant milestones toward the next phase of the cleanup by the end of 2019. This phase, called Remedial Design, is when scientists and engineers design the technical elements and work plans for the actual cleanup.

Special thanks to Annie Von Burg at the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), BES Director Michael Jordan, and the entire Superfund team for their continued work toward a cleaner, healthier river; and to Cassie Cohen from the Portland Harbor Community Coalition and Bob Sallinger from Portland Audubon for testifying in support of the projects.


Council Presentation


Portland City Council Votes to Fund Cleanup Plan on Superfund Site

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian


Council Approves $3.475 Million More For Portland Harbor Cleanup

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

           Willamette Cove