Maintenance Dredging at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility

Project map for 2022 maintenance dredging at Nimitz Marine Facility
Project location map.

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), will be conducting maintenance dredging in early October of approximately 10,200 cubic yards at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's (Scripps) Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac) located at 297 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106 in San Diego, California.  

This is an important project that is integral to facilitating the oceanographic research that Scripps scientists and students conduct. Scripps scientists lead research in climate change impacts and adaptation, resilience to hazards, conservation and biodiversity, oceans and human health, national security, and innovative technology to observe the planet. The research vessels that Scripps operates (Robert Gordon Sproul, Sally Ride, and Roger Revelle) are vital for the Scripps mission to understand and protect the planet by investigating our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges.

Scripps staff has worked closely with the U.S. Navy to acquire the necessary agency approvals to perform this important dredging work that is needed within the approach channel and at the pier and berthing wharf to maintain adequate navigational and berthing depths. 

Dredging operations will occur in accordance with City of San Diego guidelines between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday for a period of approximately 2 weeks, although the goal is to complete the work sooner.

Sediment from the project will be used for nearshore sand replenishment, and will be placed offshore of the U.S. Department of the Navy beach along the Coronado Peninsula.