Defending the Vitality of Our Oceans, Bays, Rivers, Wetlands, and the Air We Breathe
“Support from the Orton Foundation allows Cape Fear River Watch to aggressively fight pollution associated with unsustainable factory farms throughout the watershed. This work is improving the Cape Fear River for all North Carolinians; strengthening our environment, our economy, and our quality of life” – Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper and Executive Director, Cape Fear River Watch
THE MOORE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION IS COMMITTED to protecting the vitality of our oceans, bays, rivers, and wetlands as well as the quality of the air we breathe. 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, damaging agricultural practices, industry pollution, or overfishing, the viability of our ecosystems and livelihood is compromised.
From the rivers of North Carolina, to Long Island’s Peconic Bay, to the waterways around New York City and oceans around the world, MCF and its founder Louis Bacon have supported efforts to fight the degradation and of important waterways through advocacy, research and education. We applaud the unwavering dedication and immense successes of our partners.
Clean Water Advocacy
In partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance, Riverkeeper, and several local Waterkeepers, MCF supports champions of clean water around the world as they patrol rivers, lakes and coastal waterways, encourage expertise in science, law, and strategic planning and champion strong communities. Priority areas include the Hudson River, the Cape Fear River, and the Rio Grande River, as well as the Peconic Bay, Clifton Bay in The Bahamas and the Gulf of Chiriqui in Panama.
Coal Ash Cleanup
MCF’s North Carolina affiliate, The Orton Foundation, has partnered with Southern Environmental Law Center in their legal battle to force utilities to clean up toxic 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 several important cleanup commitments.
The visionary Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years. Oysters were the original ecosystem engineers of New York Harbor, improving the marine environment by filtering water, removing nitrogen, and providing habitat for other marine species. Today, oysters are practically extinct in NY Harbor due to overharvesting, dredging and pollution. Louis Bacon and The Moore Charitable Foundation are proud to support the Billion Oyster Project which will engage thousands of local students while restoring the Harbor. BOP will return oysters and their reef habitat back to restore the harbor’s natural maintenance mechanisms, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity.