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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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Don’t Throw Away That Old Phone! Recycle it with RiverLink

Electronic waste, known as e-waste, is a growing problem. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates American consumers discarded 2.37 million tons of e-waste in 2009. That number has only continued to grow as more people have smart phones and tablets. The chemicals from this e-waste can leach into groundwater. Recycling cell phones has other benefits besides […]

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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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August 2, 2015 Posted by dave

Charlotte Observer: Let’s remember the benefits of N.C. renewables

From William H. Schlesinger, Dean (Emeritus) of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, in response to “Let’s repeal an expensive energy policy” (July 25): Don Bryson’s op-ed overlooks the real reasons that North Carolina adopted a renewable energy portfolio in 2007 – to improve the environment, from the air we breathe to […]

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August 1, 2015 Posted by dave

WLOS: What the River Arts District’s Future Could Look Like

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The River Arts District is one step closer to the facelift it has been fighting for. Over the past week, public workshops have given collected ideas on what that district’s future could look like. New zoning rules, rerouting of roads and ways to build around flood areas are only a few changes […]

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July 31, 2015 Posted by dave

Climate change ‘triple threat’ increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities

Trio of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall exposes coastal cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston to potentially catastrophic flooding in future America’s biggest cities are at far greater risk of serious flooding in the coming decades than was previously thought, because of a “triple threat” produced under climate change, researchers […]

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August – September 2015

Aug
8
Sat
RiverFest 2015 @ French Broad River Park
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 8, 2015, we will mark 15 years for RiverFest, taking place at French Broad River Park (508 Riverview Dr., Asheville, NC 28806) from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.DSC_3948

This is a family-friendly event and RiverFest offers lots of fun for kids: face-painters, art supplies, hula-hooping, craft booths, and puppies from Brother Wolf. Kids can ride, skate, walk, run, and skip in costume in the Kids Parade, which always kicks off the festivities at 1:00 p.m.

It wouldn’t be summer without the Anything that Floats Parade. Participants construct vessels out of anything that floats and parade them by the festival grounds. The only rules are they must float and must be powered by wind, solar or herculean human strength — no motors allowed — and be removed from the grounds upon completion of the race.

Aug
12
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Aug 12 @ 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
Aug 12 @ 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

Aug
20
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Aug 20 @ 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.

Aug
25
Tue
Minority Business Seminar @ RiverLink Office
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Riverlink and Brenda Mills as they team up once again to provide a 2-hour session for minority and women businesses or those who are considering a business to learn more about public contracting, getting registered and marketing their businesses.  This special interactive session at Riverlink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10-12 on August 25, will contain an overview of the City’s contracting and purchasing process, provide information on businesses getting registered as minority and women owned as well as how to find out more about contracting and purchasing opportunities.  Subsequent programs will be held on October 27, December 8.  Reservations are a must so make yours by calling RiverLink at (828) 252-8474, ext. 10, or better yet, by emailing melinda@riverlink.org.

Sep
9
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 9 @ 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

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