Colorado Springs

Local water planner Gary Bostrom honored Tuesday by Colorado Springs City Council

Bostrom helped plan Southern Delivery System

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - There was an emotional moment during Tuesday's City Council meeting in Colorado Springs as a utility water services officer for 36 years was honored.

Gary Bostrom, 60, who retired from Colorado Springs Utilities, died last month.

During Tuesday's meeting, the council passed a resolution to name the Upper Williams Creek Reservoir--a future planned reservoir--after Bostrom, and waived the normal one-year requirement for such an honor.

Bostrom's family attended a brief presentation after the reading of the resolution, which was introduced by Utilities' CEO Jerry Forte.

The council and a standing-room-only audience gave Bostrom a standing ovation after passage of the resolution.

Former elected leaders, including Mayor Lionel Rivera and El Paso Commissioner Sallie Clark, also were present.

Bostrom was known for his work on the Southern Delivery System, a pipeline transporting utility-owned water from the Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs and designed to supplement the city's water needs for the future.

The SDS began operating last year, a year after Bostrom retired.

The future reservoir's location is 13 miles southeast of the city, in El Paso County, and is expected to be built within the next five to 10 years.

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