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River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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Despite ongoing environmental and regulatory challenges, advocates for Southwest Florida’s water quality have good reason to breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to the commitment of Lee County and the City of Sanibel and the generosity of a few concerned, longstanding donors, SCCF is proud to announce its RECON sensor network is being fully replaced and upgraded for the first time since its launch in 2007. RECON – short for River, Estuary, and Coastal Observing Network &ndash...

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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.

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

August 7th 2022

E wind 9 to 13 kt becoming S. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 90 °F

Tonight

August 7th 2022

NE wind 12 to 15 kt becoming SE in the evening. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Monday

August 8th 2022

E wind 7 to 14 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Monday Night

August 8th 2022

NE wind 7 to 14 kt becoming E after midnight. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 1am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Tuesday

August 9th 2022

E wind 10 to 14 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Tuesday Night

August 9th 2022

SSE wind 10 to 14 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Wednesday

August 10th 2022

E wind 9 to 14 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Wednesday Night

August 10th 2022

SW wind 6 to 8 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °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.