Ocean Monitoring Laboratory
The City of San Diego's then-Metropolitan Wastewater Department (now part of the Public Utilities Department) completed construction of an Ocean Monitoring Laboratory in March 2004 at a cost of $10 million. The 37,000-square-foot facility supports the City's Ocean Monitoring Program and houses dozens of scientists and support staff. The facility has: wastewater research facilities; laboratories for marine biology, microbiology, and water toxicity; regulatory permitting and compliance offices; and an ocean operations facility. The site is located on the east side of the boat channel between the hotel site and the Regional Public Safety Training Institute. The facility was built in stages and will eventually include a pier and boat dock extending into the boat channel.
San Diego State University (SDSU)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal Waters Laboratory
SDSU and the USGS completed a 50,000-square-foot Coastal Waters Laboratory in 2005 with financing from the SDSU Research Foundation. The facility contains wet and dry labs, indoor and outdoor mesocosm facilities with flow-though and recirculated sea water, a dive locker, and storage for small boats, and supports SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute. Research using the facility focuses on environmental and ecological problems caused by urbanization in the coastal environment (at the land-water interface), rather than in the deep sea environment.