Colorado Springs Utilities call for honoring former water chief, Gary Bostrom

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Gary Bostrom, pictured in front of the Pueblo Dam, was instrumental in seeing that the Southern Delivery System pipeline project became reality. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS UTILITIES
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  • Gary Bostrom, pictured in front of the Pueblo Dam, was instrumental in seeing that the Southern Delivery System pipeline project became reality.
The name of the former chief water officer for Colorado Springs Utilities is likely to be affixed to the future reservoir to be built in phase 2 of the Southern Delivery System.

Gary Bostrom, who spent his entire career with Utilities, died unexpectedly on Aug. 28.

The news release about plans to name a reservoir for Bostrom didn't specify which reservoir. The SDS system will have two: the Upper Williams Creek Reservoir at Bradley and Meridian roads, and the Williams Creek Reservoir to the south of that. We'll update when we learn which one has been selected to bear Bostrom's name. The Upper Williams Creek Reservoir is the one proposed to be named for Bostrom.

Here's the release:
Colorado Springs City Council will consider a resolution tomorrow to name a future reservoir for Colorado Springs Utilities’ former water services officer, Gary M. Bostrom, P.E.

Bostrom passed away suddenly Aug. 28, 2017 at age 60. He was a key contributor to water management in Colorado for nearly four decades, retiring from Springs Utilities in 2015.

The water storage reservoir is part of the second phase of the Southern Delivery System, a project that Bostrom helped lead to bring Arkansas River water to Colorado Springs, Security, Fountain and Pueblo West.

Construction of the reservoir is planned within the next five to 10 years approximately 8 miles east and 5 miles south of Colorado Springs, in El Paso County.

SDS began commercial operation in 2016.

“I’m honored to recommend the naming of this reservoir for my friend Gary. His contribution to our community – his hometown —through his passion and expertise for providing safe, reliable, quality water, is unmatched. We owe him 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,” Springs Utilities’ CEO Jerry Forte said.

Bostrom was highly regarded among community members and his colleagues in water organizations in the Arkansas and Colorado River Basins. He was instrumental in the development of the Arkansas River Exchange Program and the implementation of Springs Utilities’ 1996 Water Resource Plan—a plan that minimized impact on the Arkansas River and balanced various interests in the basin.

He was a Director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District and served more than a decade on boards for the Fountain Valley Authority and the Aurora-Colorado Springs Joint Water Authority. He also had many years of service to the Homestake Steering Committee, Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company, the Lake Meredith Reservoir Company and the Lake Henry Reservoir Company.

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