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

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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RiverLink Seeks Land Trust Accreditation

In 2015, we are submitting our application to become an Accredited Land Trust. RiverLink has worked to revitalize and protect the French Broad River and its watershed the past 28 years utilizing conservation and recreation (along with other important tools) easements to protect water quality, wildlife, and preserve natural history. Becoming an Accredited Land Trust […]

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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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January 25, 2015 Posted by dave

State Clean Water trust funds conservation in WNC

Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com North Carolina drivers who like to flash vanity plates are probably doing more to help the state’s clean water and natural resources than they realize. Ten groups with conservation projects initially put on a waiting list for state Clean Water Management Trust Fund dollars have just received word that grant funds are […]

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January 24, 2015 Posted by dave

Amazing Video Capturing the Great Smokies

Sea Raven Media – Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz Watch Amazing Great Smoky Mountain Video    

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January 23, 2015 Posted by dave

Water Source for Almonds in California May Run Dry

By FELICITY BARRINGER The New York Times SACRAMENTO — California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production. But the growth coincides with another record development here — drought — and […]

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January – February 2015

Jan
27
Tue
“STARTING A BETTER BUSINESS” SEMINAR @ RiverLink Office
Jan 27 @ 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.

Jan
29
Thu
Calling all Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join RiverLink and City of Asheville Economic Development Specialist Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city.

We are pleased to offer these special two hour interactive information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12 on January 29.

Reservations are a must so make your by calling RiverLink at 828-252-8474, ext 10.

Calling all Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join RiverLink and City of Asheville Economic Development Specialist Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city.

We are pleased to offer these special two hour interactive information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12 on January 29.

Reservations are a must so make your by calling RiverLink at 828-252-8474, ext 10.

Feb
11
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 11 @ 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
Feb 11 @ 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

Feb
19
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Feb 19 @ 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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