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2013 TEDxColumbus: Out There

Dax Blake

Dax Blake is a professional and environmentalist working in the clean water industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Blake has spent the past 8 years of his career leading the City of Columbus Division of Sewerage and Drainage responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public and the environment for the fifteenth largest city in the country. Prior to working for the City of Columbus, Mr. Blake was a project manager with the environmental firm Malcolm Pirnie. Mr. Blake has spent his career working to resolve the challenges associated with sewer systems and wastewater treatment. His accomplishments include development and implementation of more than $1 billion in improvements to Columbus’ sewer system thereby reducing environmental impacts substantially over the past 10 years. Mr. Blake is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio; President of the Association of Ohio Metropolitan Wastewater Authorities; Co-Chair of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Facilities and Collections Systems Committee; and a member of the Water Environment Federation.


Engineer, Environmentalist, Realist