A draft environmental report for the proposed Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory (MESOM) project at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) is available for public review and comment until April 4.
The $26.5 million project is a new multidisciplinary program at SIO for the long-term observation of ocean ecology off the California coast. The proposal calls for a three-story, 21,300-square-foot building, which would be divided into 12 laboratories, 56 offices and three conference rooms.
The facility will develop physical, biological and chemical sensors and the ocean-going platforms to support them.
The project has met with some opposition, as some La Jolla Shores residents argue the area is becoming saturated with structures that are destroying the ocean views.
The document is posted at
This public review period allows the CEQA environmental document to be circulated and comments received before the planned Coastal Commission hearing on April 13 - 15.