SCCF RECON

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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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 

Today

August 13th 2020

SE wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 89 °F

Tonight

August 13th 2020

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Friday

August 14th 2020

ESE wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 89 °F

Friday Night

August 14th 2020

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: Low 82 °F

Saturday

August 15th 2020

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 89 °F

Saturday Night

August 15th 2020

W wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Sunday

August 16th 2020

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 89 °F

Sunday Night

August 16th 2020

W wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °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)