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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 

This Afternoon

January 18th 2018

NNE wind around 11 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 55 °F


January 18th 2018

NE wind 13 to 15 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 44 °F


January 19th 2018

NE wind 7 to 14 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 62 °F

Friday Night

January 19th 2018

N wind around 9 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Increasing clouds. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 55 °F


January 20th 2018

ENE wind 7 to 9 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 68 °F

Saturday Night

January 20th 2018

ENE wind 7 to 9 kt. A slight chance of showers. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 59 °F


January 21st 2018

ENE wind 6 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 71 °F

Sunday Night

January 21st 2018

E wind 8 to 10 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 61 °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)