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RECON Sensor Network’s 10th Anniversary

Celebrating the RECON Sensor Network’s 10th Anniversary of Service    Ten years ago today, on June 12, 2007, in response to deteriorating water quality, the Marine ...

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Behind the scenes, and field work keeps RECON going strong

Shortly after 9:30 last Tuesday morning, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Research Assistants A.J. Martignette and Jeff Siwicke departed from Tarpon Bay to check on two RECON sites. ...

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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 

Today

May 23rd 2018

ESE wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 80 °F

Tonight

May 23rd 2018

E wind around 6 kt. Isolated showers after 2am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 75 °F

Thursday

May 24th 2018

E wind 5 to 8 kt becoming SSW in the afternoon. Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 80 °F

Thursday Night

May 24th 2018

ESE wind around 8 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 74 °F

Friday

May 25th 2018

ESE wind 8 to 10 kt. Scattered showers before 10am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 81 °F

Friday Night

May 25th 2018

ESE wind 12 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 10pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 74 °F

Saturday

May 26th 2018

SE wind 16 to 18 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: High 81 °F

Saturday Night

May 26th 2018

SSE wind 14 to 18 kt, with gusts as high as 26 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas around 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 75 °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.

Tide Heights(ft)

This is a graph of the NOAA predicted tide level at Punta Rassa, San Carlos Bay, FL  StationId: 8725391 in feet relative to Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW)