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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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State and City Announce New Partnership for Cleaning Up the Willamette River

 

UPDATE – May 22, 2019

Portland Harbor Superfund Site, Image Courtesy Port of Portland

Today, City Council unanimously approved the partnership with the State and EPA. It's an important milestone in the cleanup of a 10-mile stretch of the Portland Harbor.

The partnership establishes a trust fund that will enable the City to meet its fiscal obligations for the design phase in a thoughtful, responsible way – while increasing legal certainty. It's also intended to encourage other parties to come to the table, but will not subsidize private parties or absolve them of their liability.

May 10, 2019

Today, the State of Oregon and City of Portland announced a new, unique partnership that will help move the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup forward.

In December, the United States Environmental Protection 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 cleanup.

In response to EPA, the State and City proposed an innovative approach that efficiently leverages public investment to encourage private parties to begin design work. EPA has signaled their support of the concept.

Under the proposal, the State and City will form a trust, administered by EPA, which will provide funds to private parties who sign agreements with EPA to generate cleanup plans. EPA will credit the State and City for their cleanup responsibilities for each dollar spent from the Trust.

The State and City will each contribute up to $12 million to the trust, for a total of up to $24 million. Private parties who agree to the terms set by the EPA, State, and City will receive $80,000 per acre to help fund design work. The private parties remain responsible for all costs above and beyond $80,000 per acre.

By pooling and capping public resources, the public trust funds will be spent on actual cleanup design work as opposed to administrative costs associated with negotiating with other parties at multiple locations, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public dollars.

This is a creative approach among Superfund sites, and represents a major step forward toward a clean, safe Willamette River.

Background

News Release: The State of Oregon and the City of Portland Propose a New Partnership for a Safer, Cleaner Willamette River

Bureau of Environmental Services Joint Press Release

 

Portland Harbor Superfund Agreement Aims to Drive New Cleanup Plans Throughout the Lower Willamette River

EPA Press Release

Media

Portland City Council Approves Funding for Superfund Cleanup Plans

Erin Ross in OPB News

 

Council Approves $24 Million Superfund Cleanup Planning Agreement

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Set to Contribute to Willamette River Superfund Cleanup

Bob Heye in KATU News

 

City Council Considers Proposal for Portland Harbor Cleanup Fund

Erin Ross in OPB News

 

Your City Hall: City, State, EPA May Join Forces to Clean Up Harbor Toxins

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Cleanup of the Lower Willamette River on the Way

Dredging Today News Staff

 

Portland, Oregon, and EPA Partner for Superfund Cleanup

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland, State of Oregon Team Up to Pay for Willamette River Superfund Cleaning

OPB News Staff

 

City, State in $24M Deal to Spur Portland Harbor Superfund Work

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Sources: Portland Superfund Talks in High Gear

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Blazers Performance on the Court Benefits Local Organizations

Catherine Van in KATU News

Portland Harbor Superfund

State and City Announce New Partnership for Cleaning Up the Willamette River

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland, Oregon, and EPA Partner for Superfund Cleanup

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland, State of Oregon Team Up to Pay for Willamette River Superfund Cleaning

OPB News Staff

 

Sources: Portland Superfund Talks in High Gear

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

JTTF

Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on New JTTF Agreement

Nick Fish Blog

 

Post Joint Terrorism Task Force, Portland Adopts New Relationship With FBI

Conrad Wilson in OPB News

 

Police Could Still Join FBI Terrorism Investigations

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

City Council Allows Police to Work with FBI Task Force

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

FBI Signals Support for New Relationship with Portland Police

Conrad Wilson in OPB News

Parks

A New Playground in Couch Park

Nick Fish Blog

 

Couch Park Adds Inclusive Playground, Plaza, Portland Loo

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

Glenhaven Park Is Getting A NEW Playground – Construction Starts the Week of May 13

PP&R News and Media Releases

 

Springwater Corridor Bridge A Boon for Johnson Creek Fish

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Leach Plant Sale Called ‘Best Ever’

David Ashton in the East Portland News

 

Chief defends work of Gun Violence Reduction Team as Commissioner Hardesty pushes to defund it

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

Portland City Council Paves Way for Timbers to Reopen Stadium by Passing Updated Good Neighbor Agreement

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

 

Portland Picks Sports Fields Concept for Massive Post Office Redevelopment

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

Uber And Lyft Caused Major Traffic Uptick In San Francisco, Study Says

Merrit Kennedy in OPB News

 

Will Portland Pay a CO2 Penalty by Lowering In-City Speed Limits?

Marty Smith in Willamette Week

 

Amy Dotson, New Northwest Film Center Director, Says She’s Interested in ‘Visual Storytelling in All Forms’

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

 

RACC launches new Project Grants category: Catalyst

RACC News & Media Releases

Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on New JTTF Agreement

May 8, 2019

Today, Council approved a new agreement that governs how the City, including the Portland Police Bureau, protects public safety and works with law enforcement partners. You can read Nick's statement below:

"During my 10 years of service on this Council, I have voted on our participation in the JTTF three times. And I’ve seen many examples of our community’s successful participation in the JTTF.

In February, I voted to remain in the JTTF. I believe that we have better outcomes with our federal partners when we work together, rather than working in silos. We see that in our bureaus and among our Council offices. There is a great value in collaboration.

By participating in the JTTF, we also bring Portland values to the table. Our local law enforcement officers have a lot to offer – experience, an understanding of state and local law, and relationships in our community.

Finally – and, most importantly, I believe we continue to be safer when we have a relationship and share information with the FBI.

Other progressive cities, such as Seattle, Boston, Denver, Oakland, and New York, have formed partnerships between their police bureaus and the FBI, without sacrificing civil liberties.

I believe we can do the same.

That said, a majority of the Council disagrees with the Mayor and me. Therefore, I believe the Resolution before us today is a thoughtful alternative.

It will allow the City to continue working with the FBI on an as-needed basis. It requires detailed annual reports, something that has been, and remains, very important to me. Our police chief or deputy chief will serve as a liaison to the JTTF.

I want to thank the Mayor for his leadership and Commissioner Hardesty for her collaboration in the development of this resolution. I know that their two offices, especially Nicole Grant and Derek Bradley, worked tirelessly on this, and I am pleased with this compromise.

I vote aye."

Nick Opens A New Playground in Couch Park

May 7, 2019

On Saturday, Nick joined community members, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Parks staff in celebrating the opening of a new playground in Couch Park.

The project addresses the safety and accessibility of the playground, which hadn’t been improved since 1975.

It’s one of over 50 parks that will receive upgrades as part of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. The new playground is the fifth to be completed under the bond.

Special thanks to the Portland voters for passing the Parks Replacement Bond; to Commissioner Amanda Fritz for championing the bond during her tenure as Parks Commissioner; to John Blasher from Metro’s Parks & Nature Department for speaking at the event; to Cody Goldberg of Harper’s Playground; and to the community members and kids who came out to play!

The Weekly Catch

Nick Participates on Panel at the 2019 Intertwine Summit

Nick Fish Blog

 

Couch Park Adds Inclusive Playground, Plaza, Portland Loo

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

PP&R Joins in Celebrating May as National Water Safety Month

PP&R News

 

Deal on Portland’s Withdrawal from the Joint Terrorism Task Force Gives Police Some Leeway to Work with Feds

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Mayor’s Proposed Budget

FY 2018-19 Mayor's Proposed Budget

City Budget Office

 

Parks Cuts and a Water Taxi: What You Should Know About Portland’s Proposed Budget

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Mayor Wheeler's Draft Budget Sheds Light on Parks & Rec, Street Response Teams and Water Bill Hikes

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

Mayor’s New Budget Supports Parks Department, Columbia Pool to Remain Open

Kellee Azar in KATU News

 

Here’s How Mayor Wheeler Wants to Spend City Dollars This Year

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Wheeler: Homeless Crisis Straining All Portland Bureau Budgets

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Columbia Pool on Parks Budget Chopping Block

Jennifer Dowling in KOIN 6 News

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler Announces His Budget, With New Approaches to Helping Homeless People

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland Budget Debate Looms as Hardesty Challenges Mayor’s Spending Plan

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

SR Editorial: Mayor Proposes Funding for Portland Street Response

Street Roots Editorial

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler Includes Albina Vision, Willamette River Ferry in Proposed City Budget

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Mayor Wheeler Proposes 2020 Budget Focused on Homelessness

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

State of the City

Portland Mayor: Homelessnes May Seem Like It's Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News

 

Mayor Wheeler Gives State of The City Speech

Katherine Cook in KGW News

 

Mayor Wheeler Gives Annual State of The City Address

FOX 12 News

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s State of The City Speech

Jacob Dean in KXL News

 

Mayor Wheeler, In State of The City Address, Touts Portland As on The Right Track

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian

E-Scooters

Portland Bureau of Transportation Ditches Scooter Complaint Process, Requires Companies to Maintain 24/7 Customer Service

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

 

E-Scooters Arrive by Hundreds, Not Thousands, In Portland

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Avenue of Roses Parade Blossoms on 82nd in Portland

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

Former Fire Chief Returning to Portland to Head Emergency Management Bureau

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury