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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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
Commissioner Fish's Interview With KATU News
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.
PORTLAND, Ore. — 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.”