It’s a few weeks into January, and if you’re like the majority of Americans, your New Year’s resolutions are starting to wane. We get it, cutting out coffee or dessert seemed achievable during the holidays, but after the “winter cyclone bomb,” you need whatever you can get to keep going and stay warm.

When Yannick Mitheo was young, he dreamed of working in a laboratory. That dream is now helping keep Alexandria’s water clean. Today, Yannick spends his days conducting chemical, physical, and microbiological analysis of solids and wastewater for quality control and environmental standards at AlexRenew. 

Research crew finds river herring spawning, aquatic plant carpets in Cameron Run

Three years ago, AlexRenew initiated a partnership with George Mason University’s Potomac Environmental Research Education Center (PEREC) to conduct an ongoing study of the health of Hunting Creek, the body of water into which AlexRenew discharges its cleaned water. After studying water samples over the course of several months, PEREC has reported that Hunting Creek is healthy.

It’s the holiday season, and if you couldn’t tell from all the advertisements and mall traffic, most people are frantically trying to wrap up their holiday gift shopping. If you’re stuck on what to get someone, consider making a donation in their name to a charity that supports water, our world’s most precious resource.

School is back in session, and our mascot Moxie wants to test your water IQ. Even if you're already a water whiz, you may learn a thing or two along the way!