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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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The RiverLink app is now available for your portable electronic devices.

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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The Comprehensive CreekCare Program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive CreekCare program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that tackles water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain […]

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April 1, 2015 Posted by dave

Images From The World’s Best Water Photographer …

From the LifeBuzz website. At first glance, these photographs look like looming mountains, standing guard over a dark universe found in a Tolkien novel. But look again: These images are actually the ocean’s waves, captured at their peak point of crash. It’s almost spooky how powerful they feel. Photographer Ray Collins is the man behind these amazing […]

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March 31, 2015 Posted by dave

GizMag: Biggest shipping container restaurant in U.S. gets ready to take its first booking

A new restaurant due to open in the US is claimed to be the largest in the country to be built using shipping containers. The Smoky Park Supper Club in Asheville, North Carolina, is constructed from 19 containers and was built by shipping container construction firm SG Blocks. The Smoky Park Supper Club sits on […]

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March 30, 2015 Posted by dave

Times-News: Grant will help protect French Broad headwaters

Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:46 p.m. A $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund has been awarded to the Virginia-based Conservation Fund, according to a news release issued by Duke Energy. The grant will help aid the Conservation Fund’s efforts in protecting the headwaters of the French Broad River in Transylvania […]

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Apr
7
Tue
North Fork Reservoir Tour
Apr 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a tour of the North Fork Reservoir, and discover the process by which our water is treated and distributed. The tour will last about two hours and will address watershed dynamics, filtration and chlorination, water quality testing, distribution and control operations.

We have two available tour dates: Tuesday April 7th and Tuesday April 14th. 

There will be a carpooling meet-up location at 1:30pm and the tour will start at 2pm.

If you are interested in attending one of these tours please email our education coordinator to sign-up:  education@riverlink.org

Alex Guyton

Education Coordinator

education@riverlink.org

(828) 252-8474 x.18

Apr
8
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Apr 8 @ 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

Wednesday Workday April 8 @ Hominy Creek Greenway
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and to help 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 and also storm drain marking.

On April 8, we will meet at 25 Shelburne Rd, Asheville at 1pm.

Click here to register

Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Apr 8 @ 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

Apr
10
Fri
Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About? @ RiverLink
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join RiverLink’s executive director Karen Cragnolin and Jim Stokeley, Wilma Dykeman’s son and Chairman of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy Board of Directors, for an informative presentation on Friday, April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

Seating is limited, reservations are required.

Sign up here or call Melinda Lequin at 828-252-8474 ext 10

Karen and Jim are teaming up to present: Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About?

RiverLink raised $250,000 to develop  four consensus plans: transportation, economic development, landscape and architectural for the rebirth of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone would be welcomed to live, work and play.  The resulting Wilma Dykeman RiverWay plan consolidated 20 years of previous planning that RiverLink had initiated into a comprehensive plan designed to promote and protect the French Broad River, conserve land, control storm water and attract mixed-use, mixed-income multi-modal development.

 

Apr
14
Tue
North Fork Reservoir Tour
Apr 14 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a tour of the North Fork Reservoir, and discover the process by which our water is treated and distributed. The tour will last about two hours and will address watershed dynamics, filtration and chlorination, water quality testing, distribution and control operations.

There will be a carpooling meet-up location at 1:30pm and the tour will start at 2pm.

If you are interested in attending one of these tours please email our education coordinator to sign-up:  education@riverlink.org

Alex Guyton
Education Coordinator
education@riverlink.org
(828) 252-8474 x.18

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