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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

September 26th 2018

E wind around 8 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Tuesday

September 26th 2018

E wind 6 to 8 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Tuesday Night

September 26th 2018

SW wind around 6 kt becoming E in the evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Wednesday

September 27th 2018

E wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Wednesday Night

September 27th 2018

NNE wind 6 to 8 kt becoming E after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Thursday

September 28th 2018

ESE wind 5 to 9 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Thursday Night

September 28th 2018

NNE wind 7 to 10 kt becoming E after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 79 °F

Friday

September 29th 2018

E wind 7 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 89 °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)