The Moore Charitable Foundation is committed to protecting the quality of the air we breathe and the vitality of our oceans, bays, rivers, and wetlands. These critical yet delicate resources are essential to all forms of life – and when our air and water resources are threatened, whether by unsustainable development, poor agricultural practices, industry pollution, overfishing or animal waste from factory farms, the viability of our ecosystems and livelihood is threatened.

From the rivers of North Carolina and Long Island’s Peconic Bay, to the waterways around New York City to oceans around the world, MCF and its founder Louis Bacon have led and supported efforts to fight the degradation and compromise of strategic water systems, broader watershed areas, and coastal shorelines and marine waters, through advocacy, research and education. We laud the sustained work and success of all of our expert partners. Examples of areas of focus include:

  • Coal Ash Cleanup. MCF’s North Carolina affiliate, The Orton Foundation, has partnered with the Southern Environmental Law Center in their legal efforts to force the state’s utilities to clean up their waste sites. Focused on protecting local drinking water, regulating coal waste, advocating for safe waters for recreation, and promoting human health, recent lawsuits have resulted in cleanup commitments from four Duke Energy sites. Read more about the SELC here.
  • Clean Waters Advocacy. In partnership with Riverkeeper and The Waterkeeper Alliance, and other expert organizations focus on information and advocacy, The Moore Charitable Foundations supports powerful champions of clean water defense around the world as they patrol rivers, lakes and coastal waterways, encourage expertise in science, law, strategic planning and communication around threats and opportunities, and promoting a vision of clean water and strong communities. Priority areas include in and around the Hudson and Cape Fear Rivers.
  • Restoration Projects. The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters (natural water filterers and species habitat) to New York Harbor and engaging future leaders – the school children in New York – in exciting STEM education projects that will result in a clean harbor. MCF and Louis Bacon are proud to support this visionary effort through New York Harbor School, a city public school on Governors Island. Recent activities have included the restoration of a significant oyster reef.

Read more about our partners’ work in the North Carolina and nationally.

Impact Story: Fighting Titan

In partnership with The Orton Foundation, The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is challenging a proposed cement plant and quarry near Wilmington. The plant would elevate toxic mercury levels in the Northeast Cape Fear River, increase harmful air emissions, and destroy a thousand acres of irreplaceable wetlands. Current litigation targets unlawfully lax state permits that would allow the plant to avoid installing the best available pollution control technology, but the case has evolved over several years, with three separate lawsuits now consolidated into one high-stakes case.

This is a caption about the Cape Fear River