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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

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The Weekly Catch

People of Color in Portland Government Face a Frustrating and Even Scary Time

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

City Auditor Gets More Independence, Lodging Tax Changes Approved

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

All-User Restroom Challenge

Fish Challenges Businesses to Expand All-User Restrooms

Ted Perkins in The Hollywood Star News

Budget

Council Approves New Portland Budget

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Approves Mayor's $600M Budget

KATU News

Portland Harbor Superfund

EPA Selects Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. for Environmental Workforce Grant

Environmental Protection Agency in The Skanner

In Other News

Where is PDX's Inclusionary Housing?

Jules Rogers in the Portland Tribune

 

Top Things to Do Arts This Weekend: May 18–21

Rebecca Jacobson and Meagan Nolan in The Portland Monthly

Water Quality Update

May 23, 2017

This morning, Commissioner Fish shared the following message with his Council colleagues:

Dear Colleagues,

I write to update you on an important water quality issue.

Last Friday, the Water Bureau received a letter from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) revoking the City’s variance to treat for cryptosporidium in the Bull Run Watershed, effective September 22, 2017.

In 2012, Portland became the only water utility in the country to receive a 10-year variance to the required treatment under LT2 (Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule). The variance is structured like a last-chance agreement, and is subject to stringent testing requirements. The OHA action follows this past winter’s positive tests for cryptosporidium.

I want to be clear that the Portland Water Bureau has been, and remains, in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and that Bull Run water is safe to drink.

In response to OHA’s action, I have directed the bureau to brief the Council on treatment options at a work session on June 27.

We are coordinating all media requests concerning this issue. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Mike if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Nick Fish

Encl: OHA Order dated May 19, 2017

Portland Water Bureau FAQ

 

Media

Parasite in Drinking Water Forces Portland to Look at Treatment Options

Katherine Cook in KGW News

 

City of Portland Agrees to Treat Bull Run Water

Pat Dooris in KGW News

 

Portland Will Need to Treat Water from Bull Run

Amy Frazier in KOIN 6 News

 

Nick on KPAM Radio (segment begins at 27:40)

First Edition with Tim Hohl and Terry Travis, KPAM Radio

 

Treatment Plant May be Required at Bull Run Reservoir

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

Ryan Haas in OPB

 

Portland Loses Its Water Treatment Exemption

OPB's Think Out Loud

 

A Tiny Parasite Is Probably Going to Cost Water Customers Tens of Millions

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Hall Monitor: Hall Pass Revoked

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Parasite Levels in Portland's Drinking Water Surpass State Limits, Will Cost City at Least $90M

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

Vanport Mosaic

 

City honors historic community of Vanport on May 30 with 'Vanport Day of Remembrance'

KATU News

 

Tour Historic Vanport

City Green Blog

Portland Water Bureau

 

Water Quality Update

Nick Fish Blog

 

Parasite in Drinking Water Forces Portland to Look at Treatment Options

Katherine Cook in KGW News

 

City of Portland Agrees to Treat Bull Run Water

Pat Dooris in KGW News

 

Portland Will Need to Treat Water from Bull Run

Amy Frazier in KOIN 6 News

 

Nick on KPAM Radio (segment begins at 27:40)

First Edition with Tim Hohl and Terry Travis, KPAM Radio

 

Treatment Plant May be Required at Bull Run Reservoir

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

Ryan Haas in OPB

 

Portland Loses Its Water Treatment Exemption

OPB's Think Out Loud

 

A Tiny Parasite Is Probably Going to Cost Water Customers Tens of Millions

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Hall Monitor: Hall Pass Revoked

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Parasite Levels in Portland's Drinking Water Surpass State Limits, Will Cost City at Least $90M

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

The Portland Utility Board

 

The Portland Utility Board Needs You

The Portland Water Blog

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Crow's Shadow

June 1, 2017

Yesterday, Council celebrated the 25th anniversary of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

Located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Crow’s Shadow provides artistic and educational opportunities for Native Americans.

Their world-class printmaking studio and gallery space showcase original art. Crow’s Shadow also hosts workshops to teach Native American arts like weaving and beadwork, sharing this culture and heritage with future generations.

Nick was proud to join his colleagues in celebrating the work of this mission-driven non-profit and their role in our community. In the evening, he attended a reception at the Froelick Gallery featuring Crow’s Shadow artists.

Crow's Shadow Proclamation

The Weekly Catch

MAX Attack

 

A Message to Our City

Mayor Ted Wheeler

 

Portland MAX Attack: What We Know

Sarah Roth in KGW News

 

A City in Mourning

Doug Brown and Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

Water Bureau

 

Our Opinion: It's time to treat Bull Run water

The Portland Tribune Editorial Board

 

Sources Say: Cost of EPA Rules Adding Up, May Fall in Fish’s Lap

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

OPB's Think Out Loud News Roundtable (Segment Begins at 19:31)

Allison Frost and Sage Van Wing in OPB

 

OPB Politics Now Podcast May 26

OPB Staff

100% Renewable Energy

 

Ted Wheeler: Without federal leadership on climate protection, Portland must step up

Ted Wheeler in The Oregonian

 

Portland, Multnomah County Set 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian

 

Portland Council, Multnomah Co. Vote on Renewable Energy Resolution

Joseph English in KATU News

Vanport Mosaic

 

City Hall Watch: Vanport Day of Remembrance declared May 30

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

 

City to announce Biketown expansion

KGW News

 

Why Are Electeds on the Portland City Council Called “Commissioners?”

Marty Smith in Willamette Week