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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 

Overnight

July 23rd 2018

W wind around 13 kt, with gusts as high as 19 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 83 °F

Sunday

July 23rd 2018

W wind 13 to 15 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 11am and 2pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Sunday Night

July 23rd 2018

WSW wind 11 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 19 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 83 °F

Monday

July 24th 2018

W wind 14 to 16 kt. Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Seas around 4 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Monday Night

July 24th 2018

WSW wind 10 to 13 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Tuesday

July 25th 2018

SW wind 13 to 15 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Tuesday Night

July 25th 2018

SW wind 10 to 13 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Wednesday

July 26th 2018

SW wind around 12 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °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)