McLean and the Environment

McLean recognizes the environmental importance of the Chesapeake Bay and is proud to partner with government and private organizations to protect and preserve all of our waterways.

For over twenty-five years, McLean has been constructing artificial reef sites in the Bay, its tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean.  The reefs have all been permitted and constructed under the direct supervision of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission at little or no cost to the agencies.  These reefs provide new homes for a variety of marine life who lose their natural habitats to pollution and sedimentation, as well as encouraging a more diverse population of animals. Barnacles, mussels and sponges use this material as a foundation to create a living reef, not unlike natural ones.

In partnership with the Rappahannock Preservation Society, McLean permitted and constructed two oyster reef sites in the Rappahannock River using stacks of concrete deck slabs salvaged from the reconstruction of the Robert O. Norris Bridge.  These reefs are now covered with oysters while the adjacent oyster beds on the river bottom are being depleted due to river silt deposits.

McLean has also assisted the city of Ocean City, Maryland by donating transport services to deposit materials in the Atlantic for creation of an artificial reef.  The resulting structure is now hosting populations of fish, lobsters, crabs and shrimp that feed on the reef and help sustain the environmental community.


“This project was a textbook case for how to plan and deliver effectively”
-Virginia Department of Transportation

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