Harris Corp. employee volunteers developed an oyster bagging machine to help restore and preserve the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. The new machine combines a conveyer belt with chutes to automate a process traditionally done by hand. It reduces the bag-filling time from several minutes to under 10 seconds.
The waterway has been plagued by algae blooms and fish kills because of pollutants such as lawn fertilizers and septic tanks, as well as excess freshwater entering the brackish lagoon. Oyster restoration helps filter the water.