RECON

River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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RECON 2.0 Coming Soon !

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

October 29th 2021

SSW wind around 14 kt. A chance of showers. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 78 °F

Thursday

October 29th 2021

SSW wind 15 to 21 kt, with gusts as high as 28 kt. A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9am. Some of the storms could be severe. Seas 2 ft building to 5 ft.

Temperature: High 84 °F

Thursday Night

October 29th 2021

W wind around 21 kt, with gusts as high as 29 kt. A chance of showers before 1am. Seas 6 to 7 ft.

Temperature: Low 76 °F

Friday

October 30th 2021

W wind 22 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 34 kt. A slight chance of showers after 1pm. Seas 8 to 9 ft.

Temperature: High 82 °F

Friday Night

October 30th 2021

W wind 19 to 23 kt, with gusts as high as 31 kt. A chance of showers. Seas 8 to 9 ft.

Temperature: Low 72 °F

Saturday

October 31st 2021

WNW wind 16 to 18 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. A slight chance of showers. Seas 6 to 7 ft.

Temperature: High 78 °F

Saturday Night

October 31st 2021

WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 4 to 6 ft.

Temperature: Low 70 °F

Sunday

November 1st 2021

NNW wind around 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 77 °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.