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Welcome to the New RECON Website

Welcome to the new RECON website! The River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON), is the only source of Real-time data about the condition of waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The network was established to provide scientific validation of the estuary's changing conditions and to b...

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Algae Blooms, Our Estuary, and RECON

On Friday, July 29, at 2 pm, SCCF hosted a presentation to discuss SCCF's RECON and Florida Atlantic University's IRLON, which both provide real-time monitoring of water quality conditions. In the past, samples were collected manually and analyzed in a lab. It was virtually impossible to capture events as they were happening. SCCF's RECON, the River, Estuary, and Ocean Observing Network  and IRLON, the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors, provide real-time da...

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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 


February 22nd 2017

SE wind 10 to 13 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 70 °F


February 22nd 2017

WNW wind 8 to 10 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 1am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 65 °F


February 23rd 2017

NW wind 6 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Thursday Night

February 23rd 2017

N wind 10 to 12 kt, with gusts as high as 18 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 66 °F


February 24th 2017

N wind 7 to 11 kt. Sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 74 °F

Friday Night

February 24th 2017

NNW wind 5 to 9 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 66 °F


February 25th 2017

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming WNW 5 to 8 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 73 °F

Saturday Night

February 25th 2017

NW wind 9 to 11 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 62 °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 retaliative to Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW)