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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

Council Watch: Banking on Brownfields

Katy Sword in Oregon Business

 

City to Spend $5 Million on Superfund

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Water Quality

Crypto Options to be Considered by Advisory Committee Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

As Portland Races for Water Parasite Treatment, Public Utility Board Hits Brakes

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB

 

Group Delays Vote on Treating Water for Crypto

Olivia Sanchez in the Portland Tribune

 

Health Official Recommends Most Expensive Crypto Treatment Option

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland Can’t Block Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, State Land Board Rules

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

State Land Use Board Overturns Portland Fossil Fuels Ordinance

KATU News

 

Portland Restrictions on Fossil Fuel Terminals Overturned

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland's Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Limits Overturned

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian

 

Portland's Fossil Fuel Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Sara Roth in KGW News

Big Float

Portlanders Flock to Willamette River for Big Float

Sarah Silbiger in The Oregonian

 

Photos: Hundreds Head to Willamette for Big Float

KOIN 6 News

Transportation

Portland OKs Public Transportation Plan to Reduce Congestion, Keep City Moving

Chris Liedle in KATU News

 

Vision Zero Gains Wiped Out by Surge in Fatalities

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

TriMet, C-TRAN, Portland Streetcar Team Up to Launch Hop Fastpass

The Skanner

In Other News

Accountability is Job One: Elimination of 48-Hour Rule Must Stand

Mayor Ted Wheeler Press Release

 

Portland's Mayor Pressing for Alternatives to DA's Opinion on Officers' Compelled Statements

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

'I Feel Really Safe': A Look at Life Inside the Kenton Women's Village

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

21 Cranes, 15 Hotels, 10,000 Jobs: Inside Oregon’s Development Spree

Jeff Manning and Anna Marum in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

Brownfields

City Hall Update: Council Wants to Develop More Brownfields

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Council Watch: Banking on brownfields

Katy Sword in the Oregon Business

 

With the potential for 31,000 jobs, Portland moves forward with brownfield development plan

Clare Duffy in the Portland Business Journal

Water Quality

Water bureau recommends hybrid crypto option as vote nears

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Protect Our Water

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Health Official Recommends Most Expensive Treatment Option

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Oversight Group Tells Portland To Slow Decision on Water Treatment Plant

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Advisory Board: More Time or Spendiest Crypto Option

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland Police

Editorial: It’s Time to Sunset the 48-Hour Rule

Bernie Foster in The Skanner

 

Mayor Wheeler Presses for Court Ruling on Compelling Police to Talk After Deadly Force Use

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

2 Portland Police Chief Candidate Finalists Identified

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Field for Portland Police Chief Narrowed to Four Finalists

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

In Other News

Portland Kicks off a Rental Bike Service Adapted for All Abilities

Ambar Espinoza in Metro News

 

Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update

Bureau of Environmental Services in The Skanner

 

TriMet to Offer Reduced Fares for Low-Income Riders

Melanie Sevcenko in The Skanner

 

Village Movement Gains Traction as Housing Alternative, Goes Mainstream

Thacher Schmid in the Portland Tribune

 

'Umbrella Guy' gets the spa treatment, returned to Pioneer Courthouse Square

KATU News

Council Directs Water Bureau to Proceed with Water Filtration Facility

August 3, 2017

Bull Run Lake

Yesterday, City Council held a hearing to discuss options for compliance with a federal rule requiring treatment for the parasite Cryptosporidium. The Council, by a 5-0 vote, directed the Water Bureau to begin planning for a water filtration facility.

The City has been – and remains in – compliance with all state and federal rules. We continue to test our water for parasites (and haven’t had any detections since March), and Bull Run water is safe to drink.

The hearing included presentations from Water Bureau staff and the City’s Chief Financial Officer, and testimony from Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis, our two citizen oversight bodies – the Portland Utility Board (PUB) and the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB), and the public.

Following public testimony, Council directed the Water Bureau to proceed with design and construction of a filtration facility.

Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto” is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestines of humans and other animals and can cause illness. Federal regulations – the Safe Drinking Water Act and Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (“LT2”) – require local water utilities to treat for Crypto.

In 2012, Portland became the only water utility in the country to receive a 10-year variance to the required treatment. The variance was a “one strike and you’re out” agreement, and mandated stringent testing.

This past winter, following heavy rains, the bureau detected trace amounts of Crypto in our Bull Run Watershed. In May, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) notified the City that our variance would be revoked, and that we would be required to present a treatment plan to them this fall.

In May, the Water Bureau initiated a robust public process to review treatment options. In June, Council held a work session to learn about treatment options. And the PUB held several public meetings, and both the PUB and the CUB issued formal recommendations encouraging Council to proceed with filtration.

Based on community input, Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fish asked OHA for more time to submit our compliance plan. In response, OHA gave us an additional 60 days.

The Water Bureau will use this additional time to develop a compliance plan in consultation with the PUB and CUB.

Thanks to community members who testified and shared their input, the PUB and the CUB for their recommendations, Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis for lending his perspective as a public health professional, and City staff for providing Council with the information it needed to come to a thoughtful decision.

Additional Information:

Portland Water Bureau FAQ

 

Water Bureau Presentation, June 27 Work Session

 

OHA Treatment Order (May 19, 2017)

 

Multnomah County Health Officer Letter (July 18, 2017)

 

PUB Letter (July 27, 2017)

 

CUB Letter (July 28, 2017)

 

Bull Run Wholesale Customer Letter (July 31, 2017)

 

Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fish Requesting Extension from OHA (August 1, 2017)

 

OHA Letter Granting Extension (August 1, 2017)

Media:

Portland City Council Moves Forward With Water Filtration Plant

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB

 

5-0: Portland City Council chooses filtration

KOIN 6 News

 

Portland Is Going to Build a Massive Filtration Plant for Its Oft-Lauded Water Supply

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

8 things to know about Portland's new water treatment plan

The Oregonian

 

Portland will pay up to $500 million to clean its drinking water

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

Portland granted 60-day delay on crypto decision

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Our Opinion: Spend now on filtration, save later

The Portland Tribune Editorial Board


As Portland Considers Two New Water Treatment Plants, Some Worry About "Rushed Process"

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

City Hall Watch: Short crypto deadline blasted

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Protect Our Water

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Water bureau recommends hybrid crypto option as vote nears

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Health Official Recommends Most Expensive Treatment Option

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Oversight Group Tells Portland To Slow Decision on Water Treatment Plant

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Advisory Board: More Time or Spendiest Crypto Option

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Crypto Options to be Considered by Advisory Committee Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

As Portland Races for Water Parasite Treatment, Public Utility Board Hits Brakes

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB

 

Group Delays Vote on Treating Water for Crypto

Olivia Sanchez in the Portland Tribune

 

Average Cost of Portland Tap Water Could Increase $10 A Month

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Water Treatment Controversy Heats Up Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

City Council to Vote on Crypto Treatment by August

Andrew Dymburt in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland Looking at Ways to Rid its Water of Parasite – At a Cost

KATU News

The Weekly Catch

Nick Fish On Finding Portland's Next Arts Chief

April Baer in OPB

 

Metro Portland's Arts Agency Looks For New Leadership

April Baer in OPB

Water Quality

Portland City Council Moves Forward with Water Filtration Plant

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB

 

5-0: Portland City Council Chooses Filtration

KOIN 6 News

 

8 Things to Know About Portland’s New Water Treatment Plan

Beth Nakamura in The Oregonian

 

Portland Will Pay Up to $500 Million to Clean Its Drinking Water

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

$500M Water Treatment Plant Gets Portland Go-Ahead

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland Water Bills Swell to Cover $500M Treatment Plant

The Associated Press and KGW News

 

Portland Is Going to Build a Massive Filtration Plant for Its Oft-Lauded Water Supply

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Approves Water Filtration Plant to Treat for Parasite

KATU News

 

Portland Granted 60-Day Delay on Crypto Decision

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Wheeler, Fish Seek Delay on Crypto Option Deadline

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Officials Want More Time to Scrutinize a New Water Treatment Plant – But a Decision Still Might Come Tomorrow

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

Police Accountability

Community Weighs in On Portland's '48-Hour Rule' on Police Shootings

KATU News 

Fossil Fuel Ordinance

Portland Will Defend Fossil Fuel Ordinance Before Oregon Court of Appeals

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Votes to Fight Fossil-Fuel Infrastructure Ruling

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

In Other News

Renovation of Schnitzer 'Portland' Sign Nearly Complete

Olivia Dimmer in The Oregonian

 

First Pan African Festival Comes to Oregon

Melanie Sevcenko in The Skanner

Celebrating 50 Years of the Goose Hollow Inn

August 8, 2017

Congratulations to former Mayor Bud Clark on the 50th Anniversary of The Goose Hollow Inn!

On Saturday, Nick and his wife Patricia attended the celebration of the iconic neighborhood tavern, owned and operated by the Clark Family.

Bud and Nick are good friends, and used to live in the same apartment building! When Nick served as Housing Commissioner, he championed the development of Bud Clark Commons, an innovative site which combines affordable apartments, emergency shelter beds, and social services under one roof.

Founded in 1967, the Goose Hollow Inn is Nick’s favorite neighborhood tavern.

Happy 50th!