The Department of the Environment understands waterfront property owners’ rights to protect their property from erosion by installing a shoreline revetment. Whether your property lies at the head of a creek or nestled upon the Chesapeake Bay, we can design, install, and maintain a solution that is environmentally sensitive, aesthetically pleasing, and built to withstand rough seas and weather.

Revetments serve as a low-cost solution to coastal erosion, but have an incredible impact on the health and future of our waterways. Secured by a well-established toe line, our riprap seawall designs are built using expertly selected stone and utilize a filter cloth barrier which disrupts the force of the water and helps to move it towards the direction of the channel. The final rocks of the seawall are hand-placed to fill the smaller voids and tighten the bond for a visually pleasing and long-lasting structure. Through the design process, the appropriate type of revetment is carefully matched to the type of bank and exposure. In appropriate situations, a timber and vinyl bulkhead may be selected.

Riprap, also known as rip rap, rip-rap, shot rock, rock armour or rubble, is human-placed rock or other material used to protect shoreline structures against scour and water, wave, or ice erosion.


Protecting Maryland’s natural resources is one of our passions. As natives of the Eastern Shore, we pride ourselves in building, restoring, and protecting living shorelines locally and across the state. Over 60+ years, our company has helped to protect hundreds of miles of shoreline. Our projects, both large and small, contribute to the overall health of the waterways and the land surrounding them.

Creating a living shoreline may include the use of fibre coir logs, sills, groins, breakwaters or other natural components used in combination with sand, other natural materials and/or marsh plantings. Some owners of waterfront property opt for living shorelines because they can provide a shallow water habitat that results in higher abundance and diversity of aquatic species both nearshore and offshore. It can also improve water quality, absorb wave energy, and maintain natural shoreline dynamics and sand movement. Weems Brothers, Inc. is dedicated to creating living shorelines that preserve and protect native habitats while still maintaining the natural aesthetic of our beautiful state waterways.

The first step in creating a living shoreline is to determine if it is the right solution to coastal erosion for each area of waterfront property. The Department of Natural Resources provides information on the requirements, laws, and funding regarding Maryland’s Living Shorelines.


We offer environmental permitting services to take applicants through each stage of the ever-expanding regulatory requirements, whether at the Federal, State, or local levels. We specialize in knowing the regulations inside and out so that we can best advocate for your needs and preferences. Our project designs are property and customer specific, and in addition to the attention to detail for the project at hand, we work with you to consider long term project goals to optimize your budget and to get the most out of the permitting effort.

Our permit services align directly with our construction services, and therefore include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Tidal Wetlands (Federal and State)

  • Non-Tidal Wetlands (Federal and State)

  • Buffer Management Plans

  • Building Permits / Zoning Certificates

  • Sediment and Erosion Control

Chris Moore
Chris Moore, our in-house Environmental Planner, will work with you throughout the design and permitting phase to explain the process, answer any questions, and help navigate the complex, overlapping, and often competing regulatory framework. Depending on the scope and scale of the project, our services may also include a more formalized survey of the site or project area, representation before reviewing agencies or boards, or recommendations for highly-qualified preferred partners that can handle any relating work outside of our personal expertise.

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Contact us today for an expert solution to your project that also keeps both budget and environment in mind.