Company Introduction

Atlantic ReefMaker was established in 2016 as a division of North State Environmental. Darrell Westmoreland, CEO/Founder of North State Environmental has 22 years of experience in stream restoration, wetlands mitigation, storm water management, energy dissipaters, storm drain systems, bio-retention, erosion control, bioengineering and reforestation. He has restored or mitigated over 1 million linear feet of our streams and rivers as well as over 1000 acres of wetlands.

Because of increasing damage caused by both the natural and the built environment to our fragile estuarine and coastal ecosystems, Darrell saw that a division specializing in shoreline protection could extend North State’s important inland restoration work to the coast. Utilizing innovative and patented processes, our artificial reefs are assisting not only in curbing shoreline erosion, but also in restoring critical marine habitats.

Atlantic ReefMaker offers the same quality work, excellent service, and integrity that has long defined North State Environmental.


Darrell T. Westmoreland, Founder/V.P/Project Manager


Darrell helped establish North State Environmental in 1994 and is a driving force behind the company’s outstanding reputation in stream restoration, wetlands mitigation and storm water management.  Darrell started Atlantic Reefmaker, a Division of North State Environmental in 2016 when he saw a need for protecting our coastlines with a more dynamic and innovative process compared to previous methods. He has 22 years of business experience and project management in stream restoration, wetlands mitigation, storm water management, energy dissipaters, storm drain systems, bio-retention, erosion control, bioengineering and reforestation.

B.S., Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Environmental Concentration
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 1991

Rosgen River Courses  Levels I-IV
NCDOT Erosion Control Level II Certification

Randy A. Boyd, P.E.


Randy has more than 20 years of experience in hydrologic/hydraulic analysis and design. Prior to joining North State Environmental, Randy worked at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as the Regional Hydraulics Engineer-Region II. He has extensive experience utilizing hydrologic/hydraulic design principles for the completion of a variety of project types.  Through onsite participation in pre/post design reviews, Randy strives to provide clients with the most practical and cost effective solutions to their needs.  Randy has extensive experience in public involvement and coordination with Local, State and Federal Agencies

B.S., Civil Engineering with Construction Option
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 1990

North Carolina Licensed Professional Engineer #22587
Rosgen Levels I-IV


Protection from rapid shoreline erosion caused by constant tidal forces and dynamic wave action along the shoreline.


A long-term remedy to arrest the shoreline erosion before the irreversible loss on the U.S. East Coast.

Action: To reduce shoreline erosion.

Photo 2. Wave Attenuation – EcoSystem Units

Atlantic Reef Makers, living shoreline will not only protect cultural resources, but also restore natural resources. The design proposes using a series of innovative wave attenuation structures, termed “EcoSystem Units”. Each “Unit” is comprised of a stack of concrete molded trays set with natural rock material such as granite (Photo 2). These systems attenuate wave energy while allowing for water exchange and passage of organisms through the structure. They are designed for high energy environments and to survive the passage of large storms such as hurricanes. Placement of the living shoreline around wharfs without subsidence into the adjacent shipping channel.

The systems will be easier to maintain, modify or remove than a traditional rock sill, and they have a much smaller footprint to reach the desired height minimizing potential benthic impacts. The placement depth and structural elevation will provide wave attenuation far enough offshore and tall enough to protect the shoreline at high tides when vessel traffic is most common and their wakes have the greatest potential to overtop the structure and erode the shoreline.