Carley Porter death (UPI)
Assemblyman Carley Porter State Water Plan Father Dead at 66 SACRAMENTO (liPJl - Assemblyman Carley V. Porter of Compion, father of the mass i v e California Water Project, died Wednesday of at) apparent heart attack while attending a conference in Washington, D.C. Porter's office here ssid the veteran 66 - year - old Democratic lawmaker was found dead in bed in his 'hotel room after he failed to appear before a meeting at a conference of retired teachers. Porter's office said his body was bemg returned to Lynwood, where funeral arrangements are pending. Gov. Ronald Reagan and former Gov." Edmund G. Brown each praised Porter's work in the area of water issues. . Reagan said Porter's author - . ship of the Water Quality Act of 1969 "was pioneering legislation that put California in forefront of the nation's effort to iprolect its streams and waterways." Brown said Porter's work on the water project would be "his lasting monument." Porter, the affable chairman of the Assembly Water Committee, was the coauthor of the $1.75 billion 'bond issue to finance the water project in 1959. The project, which exports surplus Northern California water lo the populous South, is nearing completion. The project's biggest tunnel through the Tehachapi mountains is named after Porter. The death of Porter, who last month won re - election to his 12th full term, left Democrats in the assembly wiuli a 50 - 29 majority at Ihe start of the 1973 sessicn. He served 23 years in the legislature. Porter, who regarded himself as a conservative Democrat, was the second assemblyman to die this month. Frank P. Belotti, R - Eureka, died last week. Porter is survived iby his widow, Marie, and a son, Carl. Reagan's office issued a statement in which the governor said, "Most of all, Carley Porter was a decent, honest man whose vision and high principle made him a giant among legislators.