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Gulf of Mexico Piling

February 2020 On February 19th, 2020 between 2:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon the piling the Gulf of Mexico RECON sensor is located on was struck by a boat and damaged. The piling was push over 15 - 20 degrees. The piling cap was dislodged and knocked into the water.  All of the RECON components on the top of the piling were destroyed. This included the solar panel, power system, modem, and all the meteorological sensors. Read more

The River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) is a network of water quality sensors deployed throughout the Caloosahatchee river and estuary to provide real-time, water quality data to scientists, policy makers, and the general public.

RECON's network of high-quality, autonomous, in situsensors can detect the presence of algal blooms and nutrient hotspots.  The extensive watersheds of the Caloosahatchee (1,400 square miles) and Lake Okeechobee (4,400 square miles) each contribute water that flows into the Caloosahatchee estuary and the Gulf of Mexico. Water quality is affected by both Lake Okeechobee discharges and runoff from the Caloosahatchee watershed. Over time, these watersheds have changed from low-nutrient loading marshes and wetlands to high loading urban and agricultural land uses. Nutrients increase turbidity and decrease concentrations of dissolved oxygen (DO). In addition, excess nutrients fuel nuisance algal blooms. Losses of low-nutrient adapted communities, such as seagrasses have contributed to changes in fish, crustacean and marine mammal communities.

Boater Forecast

Weather forecast data provided courtesy of the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration

This NOAA marine forecast covers the area 6NM SSW of Captiva FL.  Additional Associated Zone Forecast 


March 5th 2021

NNE wind 7 to 12 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 75 °F


March 5th 2021

NW wind 9 to 13 kt becoming E after midnight. Increasing clouds. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 66 °F


March 6th 2021

E wind 9 to 14 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 74 °F

Saturday Night

March 6th 2021

NNE wind 15 to 20 kt. A chance of showers before 1am. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 60 °F


March 7th 2021

NNE wind 16 to 21 kt. Sunny. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Sunday Night

March 7th 2021

NE wind around 19 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 58 °F


March 8th 2021

ENE wind 16 to 18 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 73 °F

Monday Night

March 8th 2021

ENE wind 16 to 18 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 61 °F

Wind Speed (kts)

Below is the NOAA wind speed forecast. Click Here to view the data from the RECON weather stations. 

Wave Heights(ft)

This is a graph of the NOAA marine forecast for wave height 6NM SSW of Captiva FL. This is the same area the RECON wave buoy is deployed.