Luke was born in Colorado and today lives in Georgia, a state that has suffered for hundreds of years from erosion, stormwater mismanagement and point source pollution. In the 1970’s, while serving as a United States Marine overseas, Luke witnessed the serious and sometimes lethal health effects of people forced to drink untreated industrial and sewage polluted water. Following his honorable discharge as Sergeant, Luke attended Colorado Mesa University and graduated with honors with a degree in Geology in 1985.
In 2005, Luke’s passion for the outdoors coupled with his more than 30-year career of stormwater, wastewater and groundwater environmental consulting experience resulted in his launch of the NPDES Stormwater Training Institute in 2005, a company that today has educated thousands stormwater treatment system professionals in both the private and public sectors across the country.
As a registered professional Geologist in California and Georgia, Luke is often invited to be a keynote and/or workshop training provider at stormwater conferences across the nation. He serves on the National Environmental Steering Committee for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as a stormwater consultant, and provides consulting services as well as expert testimony services in stormwater related lawsuits.
In 2013, the NPDES Stormwater Training Institute launched one of the country’s most recognized stormwater courses, referred to as the MS4 Compliance & Enforcement Certified Inspector (MS4CECI), and today trains thousands of people annually in Georgia’s erosion and sediment control certification program. Luke is is an active memberof the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), Southeast Stormwater Association, Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and the American Sports Fishing Association.