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 

Overnight

May 24th 2022

ESE wind 11 to 13 kt. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 76 °F

Tuesday

May 24th 2022

ESE wind 10 to 13 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Tuesday Night

May 24th 2022

SSW wind 9 to 15 kt becoming ESE after midnight. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 77 °F

Wednesday

May 25th 2022

ESE wind 13 to 16 kt becoming S in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Wednesday Night

May 25th 2022

S wind 14 to 17 kt becoming ESE after midnight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 77 °F

Thursday

May 26th 2022

ESE wind 13 to 16 kt becoming SSW in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Thursday Night

May 26th 2022

SSW wind around 12 kt becoming SSE after midnight. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 78 °F

Friday

May 27th 2022

SSE wind 10 to 12 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 84 °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.