David Moreau is a professor of city and regional planning and a former chair of the curriculum in environment and ecology. As one of the founders of the board for the Orange County Water and Sewage Authority (OWASA), he has contributed to efforts for clean air and water for Chapel Hill, Durham and other nearby communities.
The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources created the Dr. David H. Moreau Environmental Stewardship Award, which seeks “to honor outstanding contributions and excellence in the protection and conservation of North Carolina’s water, air, and land resources in service to the people of North Carolina.” As the original recipient of the award, he was acknowledged for his decades long service and leadership, including time as both member and chair, of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. The commission recognized his leadership on 23 separate actions of the commission for protection of water quality, groundwater, wetlands, water resource protection and allocation, and protection of air quality. He has also been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service to the people of North Carolina.
Dr. Moreau has teaching and research interests in water resources and environmental management. He worked on a peer review committee that examined an assessment by federal agencies on performance of the levees around New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. He served as the former director of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina system.