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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There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 9, 2014, 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 protected by conservation and recreation easements,  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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Join us April 26 at the new French Broad River Access point in Penrose — When Pigs will Swim!

On Saturday, April 26, from 1-3 p.m., Carolina Mountains Credit Union, RiverLink, The Wildlife Resources Commission, and a local Volunteer Fire Department, are collaborating on an event to celebrate the completion and opening of the New French Broad River Access at Penrose, NC, near Brevard.  The event, to be held at 170 Apac Drive in […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your iDevices

RiverLink’s new mobile app for your smartphone will geo-locate you to all the amenities you will need to enjoy the French Broad River watershed. It’s now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the iTunes store! Android users can download the app from Google Play. Like the French Broad itself and RiverLink the app is […]

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Apply for an AmeriCorps Project Conserve position with RiverLink

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is a national service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving Western North Carolina for an 11-month service term.  Members are selected based on skill, education, experience, passion and commitment to service. RiverLink hosts two AmeriCorps members per year. Please follow the links below to […]

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April 18, 2014 Posted by dave

McCrory plan calls for closure of Asheville coal ash pond

From the Charlotte Observer: By Bruce Henderson bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014  Gov. Pat McCrory will ask legislators for broader authority over coal ash disposal, but his plan does not envision eliminating all 33 of Duke Energy’s ash ponds. The proposal, released Wednesday, calls for site-specific closures. Ash could be removed from some ponds […]

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April 17, 2014 Posted by dave

Note from the Exec …

From the exec’s desk Hello RiverLovers! I may be giving away my age but I was at the very first Earth Day Celebration — way back in 1970. Think how far we have come since then. Earth Day has grown to Earth Month and now it’s not just for college kids. Everyone celebrates it — […]

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Earth Day Cleanup in Ross Creek
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We’re celebrating with two different service projects in Ross Creek. From 3-5 p.m., we be applying storm drain stencils and will be doing a creek cleanup.  Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and shoes that you can get wet.



Earth Month RiverCelebration @ Penrose Rive Access in Henderson County
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’re celebrating the grand opening of the Penrose River Access and recognizing  Self Help Credit Union- one of our hard working Adopt-A-stream teams who help keep the French Broad River a place to live, work, and play.

Lecture: Western North Carolina Water In Context @ Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

WATER TROUBLES & WATER SOLUTIONS: Western North Carolina Water In Context


Colorado’s Western Slope
Presenter: Hannah Holm
Coordinator, Water Center
Colorado Mesa University
Responder: Leah Mathews
Professor of Economics
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Lecture: Western North Carolina Water In Context @ Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

WATER TROUBLES & WATER SOLUTIONS: Western North Carolina Water In Context


Catawba River


Regina Guyer,  Associate Director of the IDEAS Center,  University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Barry Gullet,  Director of Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities

Rusty Rozzelle, Program Manager, Mecklenburg County Water                                                                                              Quality

Lecture: Western North Carolina Water In Context @ Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

WATER TROUBLES & WATER SOLUTIONS: Western North Carolina Water In Context


Gary Springston
Water Supply Program Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority

Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
May 14 @ 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.

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