SCCF RECON

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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What's New

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 

Overnight

October 19th 2018

E wind around 13 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 77 °F

Friday

October 19th 2018

E wind 5 to 11 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Friday Night

October 19th 2018

NNE wind around 8 kt becoming E after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 77 °F

Saturday

October 20th 2018

E wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 84 °F

Saturday Night

October 20th 2018

NW wind around 8 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 76 °F

Sunday

October 21st 2018

NNE wind 6 to 8 kt. A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 84 °F

Sunday Night

October 21st 2018

NE wind 14 to 18 kt. A slight chance of showers before 8pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 72 °F

Monday

October 22nd 2018

ENE wind 12 to 16 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 84 °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)