“As Colorado doubles in population from 5 million to 10 million residents in the next decades, I am passionate about protecting and preserving our landscapes and water resources for the next generations on the West Slope.”
Louis has been a practicing professional Civil Engineer for the past 40 years and is now transitioning into a life re-purposing by becoming a rancher/farmer in Montezuma County. Louis is a co-founder and longtime President of Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM), a firm of 120 engineers and 7 offices, and the largest multi-disciplined engineering firm on the West Slope of Colorado. He works out of SGM’s Durango office. His expertise is mainly in the field of water engineering and municipal engineering. Louis is particularly passionate about Western Slope water issues and regularly speaks to local and statewide groups. Louis has been a long-time member of the Colorado Basin Water Roundtable (CBRT), a technical consultant for the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), helped form the Garfield County Water Forum, and was the lead author of the Colorado Water Plan (CWP) for the Colorado Basin (COBIP). Louis has also been active in land trusts as a board member of the Aspen Valley Land Trust and was active in multiple boards, including the President of the Carbondale Rotary Club, Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs), Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Sunlight Mountain Resort Louis and his family have started a family farm/ranch on 200 acres of conserved land in Montezuma County. Louis is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). He is an avid kayaker, road and mountain biker, Nordic skier, competitive hockey player, mountaineer, organic gardener and orchardist.