In Virginia, cleaning the Chesapeake Bay

Trash and debris – watch out!

On June 1, 67 employees and family members from USA Civil Southeast participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 25th annual Clean the Bay Day, an effort to clean up debris along and increase awareness of the Chesapeake Bay. Our team’s efforts focused on cleaning up debris along the Elizabeth River, which flows into the Bay.

Most of our team members were from the Skanska-Kiewit-Weeks (SKW) joint venture building the $2.1 billion Elizabeth River Tunnels PPP project, being done with Skanska Infrastructure Development. Other Skanska participants were from the nearby USA Civil Southeast headquarters, our Pier 5 project and USA Building.

“We wanted to show that we’re here to do the right thing,” said Carissa Agnese, USA Civil environmental manager. “We’re not just here to build a project – we’re here to be part of the community.”

Besides cleaning shorelines in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., SKW donated the use of their crew boat to collect waterborne trash in the river. Also, our team donated 60 SKW-branded five-gallon plastic buckets for volunteers to use to collect trash in lieu of plastic bags, plastic hard hats for the kids and hand sanitizers.

This clean-up follows a site clean-up that the SKW team did on Earth Day in April.  The event was used as a team-building activity, with participants from the same project areas split up to foster the development of new relationships.

“We’re doing what we can do to improve the environment,” Agnese said. “Every little bit counts.”

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