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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 


December 10th 2017

NNE wind around 11 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 51 °F


December 11th 2017

NNE wind 8 to 12 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 65 °F

Monday Night

December 11th 2017

NNW wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 58 °F


December 12th 2017

W wind 6 to 11 kt increasing to 12 to 17 kt in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 71 °F

Tuesday Night

December 12th 2017

WNW wind 14 to 18 kt becoming N after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 4 to 5 ft.

Temperature: Low 57 °F


December 13th 2017

N wind 9 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 19 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 63 °F

Wednesday Night

December 13th 2017

NNW wind 5 to 9 kt becoming E after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 54 °F


December 14th 2017

E wind around 7 kt becoming SSW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 69 °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)