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

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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Name that Creek poll is down to three choices — vote today!

Over a four-month period, RiverLink collected names for the creek that flows through the Westwood Place neighborhood into the New Belgium property as part of our Name that Creek initiative. We held a potluck on Saturday, March 22, to discuss and choose the stream’s new name. We’ve narrowed it down to three names. See below […]

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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 16, 2014 Posted by dave

Welcome to the April 16 Grab Bag …

We’re smack dab in the middle of April and Spring really, finally seems to have arrived. Maybe. At this elevation, one never knows. As usual on Wednesday, we’ve assembled a compendium of stories and links we think RiverLink supporters will find interesting and informative. Click around a bit and see what strikes your fancy. There’s […]

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April 15, 2014 Posted by dave

Greensboro water supply good thanks to lessons learned

By Susan Ladd/susan.ladd@news-record.com Contact Susan Ladd at (336) 373-7006, and follow @SusanLaddNR on Twitter. GREENSBORO — When Steve Drew gazes across the blue water of Randleman Reservoir, he recalls the nights he slept in his office at the Mitchell Water Plant in case he had to call state authorities and ask to push the Lake […]

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April 14, 2014 Posted by dave

Hendersonville Lightning: Mills River explores NC 280 bike path

By Bill Moss, Published: April 7, 2014 MILLS RIVER — A greenway along N.C. 280 could connect new breweries, parks, rivers and other bikeways, a planning consultant says. The Alta Planning and Design group, a Portland-Ore., based company with an office in Greenville, S.C., presented a preliminary look at a greenway corridor study last Thursday […]

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RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Apr 17 @ 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.

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.

Dr. Frank Kalinowski Salon Series @ RiverLink Offices
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dr. Frank Kalinowski Salon Series @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Dr. Frank Kalinowski Salon Series – Frank Kalinowski is a retired and popular professor from Warren Wilson College and the author of numerous articles and treatises that are thought provoking and informative about the complex world in which we live today. Each salon begins at 3 p.m. The purpose of these interactive lectures is to explore a deeper understanding of environmental issues and to attempt the placement of these issues in a larger social, political and historic context. The talk in the series focuses on the Constitution. Parking is available in the Wedge parking lot.

Event is FREE – but please select BUY TICKETS above to register.

Asheville Earth Day Celebration Festival
Apr 19 all-day
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

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