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Future Colorado Springs-area reservoir may be named after former Utilities employee

September 25, 2017 Updated: September 25, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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Gary Bostrom poses Thursday, April 23, 2009, on the bank of South Suburban Reservoir near Cheyenne Canon. Bostrom is General Manager of Colorado Springs Utilities' Water Services Division and has a role in the Southern Delivery System. Mark Reis, The Gazette

An architect of the Southern Delivery System might have his name indelibly attached to the project for all to see.

The Colorado Springs City Council is considering whether to name a yet-to-be-built reservoir after Gary Bostrom, who died while cycling Aug 28.

Bostrom, who retired in 2015, worked for Colorado Springs Utilities as a water services officer and spent nearly 40 years in Colorado addressing water management issues, Utilities spokeswoman Natalie Eckhart said in a release. As a driving force behind the $825 million Southern Delivery System, Bostrom helped bring water from the Arkansas River to Colorado Springs, Security, Fountain and Pueblo West.

Utilities CEO Jerry Forte said he and Bostrom went to high school together, where Bostrom ran track and Forte threw shot put.

Bostrom was a great and dependable man both professionally and personally, Forte said.

The future reservoir that might be named for Bostrom is planned to be built within the next five or 10 years southeast of the city, Eckhart said.

The council will vote Tuesday on the resolution naming the reservoir after Bostrom.

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