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ROV Survey of Wave Buoy

Check out this video of our inspection of the wave buoy mooring system using our Remotely Operated Vehicle.   Click the link to video the video on YouTube.  ROV VIDEO...

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New Wave Buoy Deployed

Thanks to a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District, through Lee County, we were able to acquire a new and improved wave buoy.  The buoy was deployed on September 4th 2018. The new buoy is a more rugged design which should translate to a much higher online time.  


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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 


January 19th 2020

SSW wind 8 to 10 kt. A slight chance of showers after 1pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 74 °F


January 19th 2020

SW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming N 12 to 17 kt after midnight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 57 °F

M.L.King Day

January 20th 2020

N wind 13 to 17 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 63 °F

Monday Night

January 20th 2020

N wind around 16 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 50 °F


January 21st 2020

N wind 15 to 17 kt. Sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 59 °F

Tuesday Night

January 21st 2020

N wind 17 to 19 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 46 °F


January 22nd 2020

NNE wind 12 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 23 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 63 °F

Wednesday Night

January 22nd 2020

NE wind 12 to 16 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 56 °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)