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.

Weather - Latest Readings

Redfish Pass

2021-10-28 2:15 am Eastern time
170.5°
N
Wind speed
 
9.3 mph
Wind gust
 
12.8 mph
air temperature
 
81.7 F
heat index
 
88.6 F
dew point
 
75.6 F
barometric pressure
 
29.92 in
humidity
 
81.7 %

Gulf of Mexico

2021-10-28 2:00 am Eastern time
209.6°
N
Wind speed
 
10.7 mph
Wind gust
 
12.9 mph
air temperature
 
81.3 F
heat index
 
91.1 F
dew point
 
80.5 F
barometric pressure
 
29.89 in
humidity
 
97.4 %

Fort Myers

2021-10-28 2:30 am Eastern time
168.1°
N
Wind speed
 
6.2 mph
Wind gust
 
10 mph
air temperature
 
77.6 F
heat index
 
77.6 F
dew point
 
76.4 F
barometric pressure
 
29.93 in
humidity
 
95.8 %

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