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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 


December 15th 2018

SE wind around 15 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 68 °F


December 15th 2018

S wind 17 to 19 kt, with gusts as high as 26 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: High 75 °F

Friday Night

December 15th 2018

S wind 9 to 13 kt becoming NW after midnight. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Seas around 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 67 °F


December 16th 2018

W wind 7 to 9 kt. A chance of showers before 1pm. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Saturday Night

December 16th 2018

WNW wind around 8 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 5 to 6 ft.

Temperature: Low 65 °F


December 17th 2018

NW wind 7 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 4 to 5 ft.

Temperature: High 70 °F

Sunday Night

December 17th 2018

N wind around 10 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 58 °F


December 18th 2018

N wind 7 to 10 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 67 °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)