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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

American Winter families on the National Stage

On June 6, three people featured in the HBO documentary American Winter testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about the state of the “American Dream.”

June 10, 2013

On June 6, three people featured in the HBO documentary American Winter testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about the state of the “American Dream.”

American Winter gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of eight Portland families who struggled through the economic downturn. The film challenges the stereotypes about poverty, and restores the human face to the recession.

As Senator Jeff Merkley said about the families testifying, “they were chosen for this film not because their stories are exceptional, but precisely because the challenges and choices that they have faced in the aftermath of the recession are so typical of the challenges and choices that working families face across America.”

The heartfelt testimony from those featured in the film begins 46 minutes into the video.

Watch the hearing online.

To learn more about American Winter, visit the film’s website.

photo courtesy of American Winter

Honoring our working men and women

Saturday night, Nick was honored to join Senator Jeff Merkley, U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, and other community leaders at the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s (NOLC) Labor Appreciation Dinner.

June 12, 2013

Saturday night, Nick was honored to join Senator Jeff Merkley, U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Multnomah County Commissioners Loretta Smith and Judy Shiprack, as well as other community leaders at the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s (NOLC) Labor Appreciation Dinner.

The NOLC offers an avenue for local unions to come together as a unified group to improve the lives of working people and give Labor a voice in the political process.

The annual Appreciation Dinner recognizes and awards Northwest labor leaders and other community members for their service to union groups.

The evening was filled with fun and appreciation with special remarks from Senator Jeff Merkley and U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. The evening also featured Nick’s Public Advocate George Hocker’s wife, Marcia, singing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Portland ecoroofs earn international praise

We are pleased to share that Portland has earned a 2013 Green Roof Leadership Award for Municipalities from the International Green Roof Association

June 12, 2013

We are pleased to share that Portland has earned a 2013 Green Roof Leadership Award for Municipalities from the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).

Green roofs, or ecoroofs, replace conventional roofing materials with soil and vegetation.

Ecoroofs have many health and environmental benefits, including making the sewer system more efficient and reliable by acting like giant sponges soaking up rain and keeping stormwater runoff out of our sewers.

We’re proud that Portland is receiving international recognition for our innovative stormwater management.

Over 500 ecoroofs cover more than 1.5 million square feet of rooftop in the city of Portland.

From Forest to Faucet

Yesterday, Nick and his team had the incredible opportunity to visit theBull Runwatershed with Portland Water Bureau Director David Shaff and his team.

June 14, 2013

Yesterday, Nick and his team had the incredible opportunity to visit the Bull Run watershed with Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Director David Shaff and his team.

The watershed is the primary source of drinking water for the City of Portland and its 19 wholesale customers.

102 square miles of the federally-protected Bull Run watershed (147 square miles in all) drains into the Bull Run River and its tributaries. The river drains into two reservoirs, which together store more than 17 billion gallons. Because the water is so pure, it needs only a gentle cleaning before entering the three conduits (pipes) that transport it to Portland. The water moves through the system by gravity, requiring no fossil fuel consumption to move water from the watershed to the main storage reservoir at Powell Butte.

Recently, Nick became Commissioner in charge of the Portland Water Bureau. This tour was a tremendous learning experience about the bureau and the incredible water they deliver to our community.

The entire day was truly remarkable.

PWB provides 80 tours a year to the Bull Run. Click here to sign up for a tour.

A History of the Bull Run Watershed

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Straight Talk with Portland city commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish

On KGW.com

 

Creek is new focus of work to restore Westmoreland Park

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune

 

Students see green as World Environment Day ideas grow

Jennifer Anderson in The Portland Tribune

 

Astronaut Mae Jemison teaches students how to save the environment

Becca Stanek in The Oregonian

 

Solo swim makes waves in Willamette

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune