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River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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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

October 23rd 2017

S wind around 14 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 83 °F

Tonight

October 23rd 2017

S wind 8 to 10 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 76 °F

Tuesday

October 24th 2017

S wind 5 to 12 kt becoming NNW in the morning. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 81 °F

Tuesday Night

October 24th 2017

N wind 15 to 17 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. A slight chance of showers. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 68 °F

Wednesday

October 25th 2017

N wind 17 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 28 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 4 ft.

Temperature: High 74 °F

Wednesday Night

October 25th 2017

N wind 14 to 17 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 61 °F

Thursday

October 26th 2017

NNE wind 10 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 75 °F

Thursday Night

October 26th 2017

NE wind around 12 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 65 °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)