It is with great sadness that we share with our members the passing of Steve Glazer. Over the years, Steve’s commitment to protecting the water resources of the Gunnison Basin never faltered. He founded our water protection program at HCCA in the late ‘80s, and served as our Water Program Director until his retirement in 2011. Over the course of his tenure with HCCA, Steve advocated against trans-basin diversions to defeat the Union Park development, participated in hearings with the Water Quality Control Commission to force the oil and gas industry to meet stormwater standards, worked on remediating acid mine drainage issues in the Upper Gunnison Basin, and advocated for healthy instream flows in our rivers, and the list goes on. Through his tenacity and perseverance, Steve’s accomplishments in protecting our valley became a substantial, and often successful, undertaking.
In the water world, Steve was a force to be reckoned with. A self-taught water resources expert, Steve went on to found Coal Creek Watershed Coalition and serve as the board President, and was also a member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable and Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, winning the first-ever election to his seat in 1999.
More than his remarkable accomplishments, Steve was our friend and mentor. His encouragement and wealth of information will be sorely missed. We will strive to do our best to carry on Steve’s legacy by continuing the work that he was so passionate about.