Nathaniel Pryor Reed, a tireless environmental advocate who co-wrote the Endangered Species Act, has died in Quebec. He was 84.
Adrian Reed tells The Associated Press his father fell and clipped his head on a rock July 3 while fishing on the Grand Cascapedia River. He never regained consciousness and died Wednesday.
Reed was deputy interior secretary for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and founded the powerful 1,000 Friends of Florida group. His advocacy for the Everglades helped block construction of the world's largest airport in the Big Cypress Swamp.
Adrian Reed said his father felt "allowing despoliation of the environment to be a real and unacceptable sin."
Sen. Bill Nelson called Reed a "true friend" on Twitter, and suggested naming the new reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee after him.
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