Experience

Experience

Along the French Broad’s 219 miles is a variety of experiences for people of all ages. RiverLink showcases many of ...

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Interactive Map

Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

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RiverFest

RiverFest

There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 8, 2015, we will mark ...

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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 is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to work, live 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, no-reservation 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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The RiverMusic 2015 lineup is set — and it kicks!

RiverLink’s RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — will return for a fourth year in 2015. Once again, RiverLink huddled with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture […]

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Sign up now for RiverCamp!

FRENCH BROAD RIVER CAMPS The goal of the French Broad River Camps is to educate and empower the next generation of watershed stewards. The River Camps will provide the opportunity for rising 3rd-8th grade students to spend a week of their summer exploring the river and its watershed. The curriculum will include hands-on environmental education, […]

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Sign up now for the Anything That Floats Parade!

What is the Anything That Floats Parade? Anything That Floats Parade is a fun and wacky event held in conjunction with RiverFest, on Saturday, August 8,  2015 on the French Broad River. Anyone can enter.  Just put together a raft using any materials that can float on the French Broad River. Judging will be in […]

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May 30, 2015 Posted by dave

Californians may have to drink their own sewage as last resort for water crisis

By Christopher Hooten of the Independent (UK). Californians are facing the prospect of eating their own faeces with the treatment of sewage into drinking water gaining appeal as the drought lingers. The idea comes with a palpable ‘yuck factor’, as the LA Times put it, but many scientists believe it can be safe and is a more efficient use for moderately treated sewage […]

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May 29, 2015 Posted by dave

New Belgium Brewing Helped Asheville Win Another Award

A new greenway network is taking shape along the banks of the French Broad River in Asheville. The French Broad River Greenway Westbank Extension, as it’s currently known, runs along the French Broad River and provides a critical connection between New Belgium’s soon-to-open brewery and the existing French Broad River Park, Carrier Park, and Hominy Creek Greenways. It’s […]

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May 28, 2015 Posted by dave

PRI: Desalination is an expensive energy hog, but improvements are on the way

By Brian Bienkowski It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That’s why researchers and companies from the […]

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Jun
4
Thu
“STARTING A BETTER BUSINESS” SEMINAR @ RiverLink Office
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Part of RiverLink’s mission is to stimulate the economic and environmental heath of the French Broad River watershed through arts & crafts, recreation, and health and wellness.  To further that effort, RiverLink and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce a seminar focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and the nuts and bolts of starting a business in the French Broad River Watershed.

Noah Raper from SBTDC will cover the following topics:
– how to assess your business ownership skills
– how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
– the parts of a business plan
– the different types of business formations (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnerships, etc.)
– required licenses
– financing options

Session handouts will include a business plan outline, additional planning documents, and helpful resources to guide your business planning process. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions about specific aspects of business.

These sessions are free and open to anyone interested in starting a business, but registration is required in order to assure seating. 

 

About SBTDC
Founded in September 1984, North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the business and technology extension service of the University of North Carolina which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University system. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a lead center located in Raleigh, NC, the SBTDC operates 10 regional service centers in 16 total offices, five specialty programs, and a strategy and organization development unit. Western North Carolina is served by two offices: one on campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and one in downtown Asheville.

Jun
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer 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.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application
RSVP to attend

Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Jun 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join RiverLink for an evening volunteer info session.  Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be light snacks and beverages. The information session will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 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.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application
RSVP to attend

Jun
12
Fri
RiverMusic continues with The Ben Miller Band @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville has returned for a fourth year in 2015, our second show featuring The Ben Miller Band, The Red Dirt Revelators and The Toothe. Once a month over the Summer we’ll offer a mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District (map).

Future dates will be the second Friday of each month — July 10, September 11 and October 9. RiverFest, featuring the fabulous Anything-That-Floats Parade, will be on the second Saturday of August — August 8.

Gates open at 5. The music starts at 5:30, with our second band at 6:45 and our headliner at 8:15.

Mark your calendars now to come hang out (and volunteer!) at RiverMusic and RiverFest 2015. Check out the bands by clicking on their links below:

Ben Miller Band
Red Dirt Revelators
The Toothe

Jun
17
Wed
Wednesday Workday June 17 @ RiverLink Performance Plaza
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and help to keep the French Broad River clean!  WednesdayWorkdays will take place every week from 1pm-4pm and will be an extension of our Comprehensive CreekCare program.  We will focus on trash removal along rivers and streams, invasive plant removal, native tree planting, storm drain marking and some various other tasks to help us with our day to day operations.

On June17, we will meet at 144 Riverside Drive at the RiverLink Performance Plaza, where our RiverMusic series takes place. 

Click here to register

Jun
18
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Jun 18 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 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 2:00 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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