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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.

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 


January 20th 2022

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F


January 20th 2022

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: Low 65 °F


January 21st 2022

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NNW 5 to 7 kt in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 73 °F

Friday Night

January 21st 2022

N wind 9 to 13 kt becoming NE after midnight. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 62 °F


January 22nd 2022

NE wind 11 to 13 kt. A chance of showers after noon. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 71 °F

Saturday Night

January 22nd 2022

NNE wind 12 to 14 kt. A slight chance of showers. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 57 °F


January 23rd 2022

N wind 14 to 16 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 63 °F

Sunday Night

January 23rd 2022

NNW wind 13 to 16 kt becoming NNE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 51 °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.