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River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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Welcome to the New RECON Website

Welcome to the new RECON website! The River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON), is the only source of Real-time data about the condition of waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The network was established to provide scientific validation of the estuary's changing conditions and to b...

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Algae Blooms, Our Estuary, and RECON

On Friday, July 29, at 2 pm, SCCF hosted a presentation to discuss SCCF's RECON and Florida Atlantic University's IRLON, which both provide real-time monitoring of water quality conditions. In the past, samples were collected manually and analyzed in a lab. It was virtually impossible to capture events as they were happening. SCCF's RECON, the River, Estuary, and Ocean Observing Network  and IRLON, the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors, provide real-time da...

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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.

Weather - Latest Readings

Redfish Pass

2017-02-22 7:50am Eastern time
126.5°
N
Wind speed
 
14 mph
Wind gust
 
17.3 mph
air temperature
 
69.9 F
heat index
 
69.9 F
dew point
 
65.8 F
barometric pressure
 
29.85 in
humidity
 
86.7 %
daily rain
 
0.06 in
yearly rain
 
1.15 in

Gulf of Mexico

2017-02-22 7:50am Eastern time
121.3°
N
Wind speed
 
14.5 mph
Wind gust
 
17.4 mph
air temperature
 
68.8 F
heat index
 
68.8 F
dew point
 
63.8 F
barometric pressure
 
29.82 in
humidity
 
84 %

Fort Myers

2017-02-22 7:50am Eastern time
128.1°
N
Wind speed
 
6 mph
Wind gust
 
9.4 mph
air temperature
 
66.7 F
barometric pressure
 
29.83 in
daily rain
 
0.05 in
yearly rain
 
1 in

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