Joe received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and his graduate degree from Ball State University in Fisheries Management. He started his career with the Bureau of Water Quality in Muncie managing their longstanding biological monitoring program on the west fork of the White River and local tributaries.
For the past 20 years Joe has worked for the City of Elkhart. He started out as the Aquatic Biologist in 1997 and initiated a biological monitoring program on local rivers and streams that utilized fish communities as water quality indicators. Over the years he has also worked in Elkhart’s pretreatment program overseeing inspections and sampling at more than 40 industrial facilities throughout the city.
Joe is currently the Stormwater Manager for the City of Elkhart. In this role he is responsible for the administration and implementation of the stormwater program that is tasked with keeping stormwater runoff as clean as possible before it flows into local waterbodies. Joe’s main focus is to help his community understand the importance of all of their aquatic resources and how they can best protect these natural assets.