Harris Corp. Added to Indian River Lagoon Innovators and Investors Network

Harris Corp. is boosting efforts to improve the Indian River Lagoon's health by partnering with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) in its conservation and protection efforts.

According to a media release, the IRLNEP board voted Friday to add Harris to the IRL-Innovators and Investors network (IRL-I2), which includes industry and community groups dedicated to taking an active role in achieving the goals of a clean and healthy ecosystem.

The Indian River Lagoon is one of 28 Estuaries of National Significance designated under the National Estuary Program, a non-regulatory, community-based effort established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1987. The IRLNEP connects policy makers, resource managers, communities, scientists and citizens who work to conserve and improve the lagoon.

Members of IRL-I2 work to link development in thought, knowledge, science and technology to identify and implement solutions to the complex problems the lagoon faces.

"The Indian River Lagoon is the lifeblood of communities along Florida's East Coast that are home to Harris as well as thousands of employees," said Tom Campbell, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems innovation director. "We are excited to partner with the IRLNEP and to work together to save this natural treasure."

"We appreciate Harris Corp. stepping up to become a champion of the Indian River Lagoon," IRLNEP Executive Director Duane De Freese said. "Stewardship of the Lagoon requires that we work together as a regional community. Partnership with industry leaders like Harris Corp. provides exciting opportunities for innovation, technology development and employee volunteer initiatives."

Harris Corp. is a technology company, solving customers' toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect.

The IRLNEP is a non-regulatory, community-based program established to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

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