Denis Bilodeau graduated in 1991 from UCI School of Engineering earning a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He is a registered civil and traffic engineer. Since graduation, Denis has made significant contributions to the field of engineering, especially in the area of water resources.
In 2000, Denis was elected to serve on the board of the Orange County Water District (OCWD), a global leader in groundwater management and water reuse. He is presently the longest standing board member at OCWD. Denis led the effort to design, finance and build the world’s largest water recycling facility, the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). The GWRS has received more than 50 awards, has been featured by prominent national and international media, and is hailed as the global model for water sustainability. It produces 100 million gallons of water per day, which accounts for one-third of the water supply for north and central Orange County. The GWRS is undergoing a final expansion and when completed will produce 130 million gallons of water a day, enough water for one million people.
Denis is a longtime public servant and was also elected, in 2006, to serve as Council Member for the city of Orange where his term ended in 2014.
Denis’ knowledge and experience have served him well while participating on critical Orange County committees and commissions including: Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Orange County Vector Control, Orange County Waste Management Commission, Orange County Transportation Authority, San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency, Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee, Orange County Housing and Community Development Commission, Orange County Water Task Force, and the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River Watershed Taskforce.
Denis recently assumed a position at the County of Orange as manager of traffic and development services.
He and his wife Suzanne, a UCI alumna, have three children and are long-time residents of Orange.