RECON

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.

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 

Today

July 5th 2022

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming WNW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Tonight

July 5th 2022

NE wind around 8 kt becoming SE after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Wednesday

July 6th 2022

ESE wind 6 to 9 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Wednesday Night

July 6th 2022

SSE wind 8 to 13 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Thursday

July 7th 2022

SE wind 8 to 11 kt becoming SSW in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Thursday Night

July 7th 2022

SSW wind 7 to 12 kt becoming SE in the evening. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Friday

July 8th 2022

ESE wind 7 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Friday Night

July 8th 2022

WNW wind 7 to 10 kt becoming ESE in the evening. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 82 °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.