Support RiverLink with Tax Deductible End of Year Giving!

Support RiverLink with Tax Deductible End of Year Giving!

We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 an excellent year!  Your generous support and ...

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Watershed Education

Watershed Education

RiverLink K-12 Watershed Education hit the ground running with the start of the new school year! In September, we reached 321 fourth ...

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French Broad Paddle Trail Map

French Broad Paddle Trail Map

Utilize our paddle trail map to plan your paddle trip.

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Success Stories

Success Stories

In efforts to improve the water quality within the French Broad River Watershed, RiverLink has spearheaded numerous water quality projects ...

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Our Mission

RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play.

RiverLink accomplishes its mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, greenway development,  creating public no-fee,  overnight camping  sites  along the river,  adaptive reuse of historic  structures,  educating  5,000 students  K-12  annually as well as the public-at-large about  the French Broad River watersheds’ importance  and empowering over 1,700 volunteers each year.

RiverLink was established in 1987 and is the only French Broad River watershed  non-profit exclusively focused on the French Broad River.

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Learn about RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program

What is Adopt-a-stream? The Adopt-a-Stream program is a hands-on way for local residents and businesses to get actively involved in improving the water quality of the French Broad River Watershed. This a very flexible program that gives you the tools and knowledge to make a difference in your watershed by cleaning up your local stream. […]

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Henderson Times-News Opinion: Drought shows value of clean rivers

The city of Hendersonville is acting wisely and proactively in preparing to tap the French Broad River as an auxiliary water source due to the severe drought now gripping the mountains. Rainfall amounts are more than 9 inches below normal for the year, with almost 6 inches of the deficit recorded since Sept. 1. That […]

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Facing the future: What happens when a nonprofit leader steps down?

Thirty years is a long time to devote to any pursuit, and Karen Cragnolin, the oft-honored founding mother of RiverLink, can attest to that. During that time, she says she held every job in the organization and was planning to finally move on this year when, during surgery, she suffered an aneurysm that robbed her […]

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December 5, 2016 Posted by dave

Wonder about air quality? Check the North Carolina Air Quality Forecast Center website

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the state’s citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality in North Carolina for the health, benefit and economic well-being of all. To carry out this mission, the DAQ operates a statewide air quality monitoring network to measure the level of pollutants in the outdoor […]

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December 4, 2016 Posted by dave

The facts on Fishing Licenses and Regulations

From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers various licenses and permits that authorize regulated activities such as hunting, fishing, and trapping. By purchasing a license or permit, you help sustain North Carolina’s wildlife heritage and safeguard the future of fish and wildlife in North Carolina for generations to come. […]

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December 3, 2016 Posted by dave

How big droughts, forest fires could be the new normal in Appalachia

By NSIKAN AKPAN The South is burning. Wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres across seven states in the southern Appalachian Mountains since late October. Of the 44 ongoing blazes, the biggest struck northern Georgia and western North Carolina, where whole towns have fled as part of a slate of mass evacuations. All of which, scientists […]

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Dec
14
Wed
Volunteer Information Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Information Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is not necessary for volunteering. Visit http://riverlink.org/learn/about-riverlink/volunteers/ to read more and wait for the pop-up window to enter your information and get yourself entered into our volunteer database. You’ll get email notifications when we have volunteer opportunities.

RSVP for either session by emailing volunteer@riverlink.org.

 

Volunteer Information Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Information Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is not necessary for volunteering. Visit http://riverlink.org/learn/about-riverlink/volunteers/ to read more and wait for the pop-up window to enter your information and get yourself entered into our volunteer database. You’ll get email notifications when we have volunteer opportunities.

RSVP for either session by emailing volunteer@riverlink.org.

Dec
15
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Dec 15 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm

If you ever wondered about the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay development project – this is your opportunity to see and hear about the plans for the future.

Available Seats:
There is space for 12 participants on each tour.

Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must.  REGISTER ONLINE 

Time and Location

  • Meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue (directions)  in the third level of the parking lot down the hill from the Chamber building.
  • Plan to arrive by 11:45 as the tour starts promptly at noon. The bus will return you to the Chamber at 2:30 p.m.

Tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers with RiverLink and witness their magic firsthand. This is an opportunity to see the improvements that have occurred and hear what is coming over the next several months and years to make our rivers a better place to work, live and play. You will also learn some local history and visit some streets and neighborhoods you have never seen before.

Jan
11
Wed
Volunteer Information Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Information Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is not necessary for volunteering. Visit http://riverlink.org/learn/about-riverlink/volunteers/ to read more and wait for the pop-up window to enter your information and get yourself entered into our volunteer database. You’ll get email notifications when we have volunteer opportunities.

RSVP for either session by emailing volunteer@riverlink.org.

 

Volunteer Information Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Jan 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Information Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is not necessary for volunteering. Visit http://riverlink.org/learn/about-riverlink/volunteers/ to read more and wait for the pop-up window to enter your information and get yourself entered into our volunteer database. You’ll get email notifications when we have volunteer opportunities.

RSVP for either session by emailing volunteer@riverlink.org.

Jan
19
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Jan 19 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm

If you ever wondered about the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay development project – this is your opportunity to see and hear about the plans for the future.

Available Seats:
There is space for 12 participants on each tour.

Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must.  REGISTER ONLINE 

Time and Location

  • Meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue (directions)  in the third level of the parking lot down the hill from the Chamber building.
  • Plan to arrive by 11:45 as the tour starts promptly at noon. The bus will return you to the Chamber at 2:30 p.m.

Tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers with RiverLink and witness their magic firsthand. This is an opportunity to see the improvements that have occurred and hear what is coming over the next several months and years to make our rivers a better place to work, live and play. You will also learn some local history and visit some streets and neighborhoods you have never seen before.

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