Longtime Colorado Springs Utilities water official dies unexpectedly


Former Councilor Margaret Radford with Gary Bostrom. - COURTESY MARGARET RADFORD
  • Courtesy Margaret Radford
  • Former Councilor Margaret Radford with Gary Bostrom.
Gary Bostrom, 60, recently retired water officer with Colorado Springs Utilities, died unexpectedly on Aug. 28.

Bostrom worked for Utilities for 36 years, retiring in mid-2015.

Utilities CEO Jerry Forte issued this statement:
Gary’s contribution to our community, through his passion and expertise for providing safe, reliable, quality water is unmatched. During his 36-year career at Colorado Springs Utilities he worked on most all facets of the water system. We owe Gary much gratitude for sharing his knowledge with us and playing an integral role in planning for the future of water in Colorado Springs and the region. We won’t forget his tireless efforts on the Southern Delivery System. He was brilliant as an engineer and perhaps even better at building relationships and collaborating with others – even staying involved in regional water organizations after retirement. He is already missed.
Former City Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin tells the Independent in a text, "30 years of local water history just gone. Breaks my heart."

A Colorado Springs native, Bostrom was named chief water officer in 2011 after having served as general manager for planning, engineering and resource managment in water services. He also worked in water supply acquisition, water and wastewater infrastructure planning and engineering, and developing regional partnerships. He was instrumental in the development of the Arkansas River Exchange Program, the 1996 Water Resource Plan and the Southern Delivery System permitting process.

Bostrom served as a director on the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, was past president of the Fountain Valley Authority, a director for the Aurora-Colorado Springs Joint Water Authority, and a director for the Homestake Steering Committee. Additionally, he is past president of the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company, the Lake Meredith Reservoir Company and the Lake Henry Reservoir Company.

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