How to Help Our Waterways This Earth Day

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year. A day where everyone works together to preserve, protect and enhance our environment? Sign us up!

It’s a great time to either help out with a one-time project like a river cleanup or pledge to change a daily routine like using less water.   

As you probably know, the Earth’s surface is mostly water – approximately 71 percent to be exact. There’s a reason the famous Apollo 17 picture is called the “Blue Marble” after all. So why not incorporate water into your Earth Day activities? We have a few ideas for you to help preserve our waterways and deepen your appreciation for our local environment. 

Prepare for Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 28, is National Drug Take Back Day, where law enforcement agencies all over the country set up drop-off locations for individuals to properly dispose of expired and unused prescription medication. Flushing medication down the toilet or throwing it away in the trash harm our waterways and soil. Spend part of your day going through your medicine cabinet to see if you have anything that should be dropped off this weekend. Here's a list of all the locations in Alexandria where you can drop off medications this Saturday

Use a natural herbicide to kill weeds

With the arrival of warmer weather, many Alexandrians are starting up their lawncare regimen for the year. Chief among the tasks is getting rid of any unwanted weeds. But before you pick up some chemicals to spray, consider a natural alternative. The chemicals go into the soil and are absorbed into stormwater runoff, ultimately ending up in our waterways. The DIY at-home solutions help keep your lawn looking great and our waterways healthy!

Attend Alexandria Earth Day 2018

Every year, the City of Alexandria holds an Earth Day celebration that includes educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages to learn how they can better protect the environment. Come out for the fun and stop by our station to learn about our favorite water tips! This year’s event is Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock ParkYou can learn more about the event here

Visit a natural water attraction

Easy, right? Simply getting out and enjoying the natural beauty of our local waterways can have a profound impact on our appreciation for the environment and our commitment to preserving it. Stroll Old Towne’s waterfront, see the last riverine lighthouse at Jones Point Park or enjoy the 18 miles of the Mount Vernon Trail that runs alongside the Potomac River. Here’s a list of Alexandria’s parks, many of which are on the water.

We hope you can take on at least one of these Earth Day activities. Happy Earth Day from everyone at AlexRenew!