One of the many joys of serving a community like Alexandria is seeing the passion so many have for our local waterways. This excitement was on full display at our third annual Water Discovery Day, held on Saturday, September 14 at Four Mile Run Park. For the first time, the event was hosted under the One Water Alexandria banner, a partnership between AlexRenew, the City of Alexandria, and Virginia American Water – the city’s three water system partners. With roughly 500 people in attendance, the 2019 Water Discovery Day experienced our biggest turnout yet!
We are grateful to all who stopped by to learn about how three water partners collaborate to form One Water Alexandria. Your enthusiasm made 2019 a successful and memorable community event. This year’s Water Discovery Day showcased a number of activities to educate community members about our roles in providing drinking water, cleaning wastewater, and managing the water infrastructure that helps protect Alexandria’s waterways.
AlexRenew activities included basketball and cornhole games to help demonstrate what should and shouldn’t go down the drain, and RiverRenew showcased the exciting diversion facility model and samples of actual Potomac clay from the various soil levels in Alexandria, also affectionately known as “Dino Dirt.”
Other education stations included OZ-3, the city’s robot that inspects our pipes using a video game controller; an array of local amphibians native to our region; and a kayak clean-up activity with the Four Mile Run Conservatory who uses them to clean up our waterways. You can check out pictures of these and other activities on our Facebook album here!
We had many AlexRenew team members who volunteered their time to help set up and operate our event activities. They look forward to events like Water Discovery Day because it allows them to have direct interaction with members of our community, and they love talking with people about what we do.
We are also thankful for our event partners: Pure Barre (Old Town) Alexandria, VT Cooperative Extension, RPCA, UpCycle, Fairfax County, Jerome ‘Buddy’ Ford Nature Center, Four Mile Run Conservatory, Alexandria Police Department K-9 Unit, Alexandria Fire Department, Audubon Society, and Transportation and Environmental Services.
Caring for our community’s waterways is a job for all of us, and members of the community who came out to support Water Discovery Day really helped make it a fun and educational day.