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

November 29th 2021

NNW wind 9 to 13 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 69 °F

Tonight

November 29th 2021

NNW wind 10 to 13 kt becoming NE after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 58 °F

Tuesday

November 30th 2021

NE wind 5 to 12 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 70 °F

Tuesday Night

November 30th 2021

NNE wind 9 to 12 kt becoming ENE in the evening. Mostly clear. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 60 °F

Wednesday

December 1st 2021

ENE wind 5 to 11 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Wednesday Night

December 1st 2021

N wind 7 to 9 kt becoming ENE in the evening. Mostly clear. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 63 °F

Thursday

December 2nd 2021

ENE wind 6 to 9 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 74 °F

Thursday Night

December 2nd 2021

NNW wind around 10 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 64 °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.