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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

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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Sign up now for RiverCamp!

FRENCH BROAD RIVER CAMPS The goal of the French Broad River Camps is to educate and empower the next generation of watershed stewards. The River Camps will provide the opportunity for rising 3rd-8th grade students to spend a week of their summer exploring the river and its watershed. The curriculum will include hands-on environmental education, […]

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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 three AmeriCorps members per year. Please follow the links below learn […]

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May 22, 2015 Posted by dave

Mountain Xpress: River time: A placid day paddling the French Broad

The weather is getting just right to twirl a stick through a winter’s worth of spider webbing to clean out our kayaks. For a relaxed paddling experience within about 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Asheville, head to the French Broad. It snakes through town, so finding a put-in is easy. With fellow paddler, Mariah Henley, […]

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May 21, 2015 Posted by dave

Prosecutors: Duke Energy ignored warnings before ash spill

BY BRUCE HENDERSON bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com A federal judge ordered Duke Energy to pay a record $102 million criminal penalty Thursday for a humbling litany of ignored warnings that preceded last year’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. The penalty is the largest criminal fine in North Carolina’s federal courts, Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard […]

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May 20, 2015 Posted by dave

Little, Big Sandy Mush conservation lands get bigger

Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Little Sandy Mush is getting bigger. And so is Big Sandy Mush, thanks to conservation easements recently placed by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on these scenic and environmentally important lands in Buncombe and Madison counties. Totaling 373 acres, the new conservation easements protect scenic views, forests, agricultural land and tributaries […]

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May
27
Wed
Wednesday Workday May 27 @ RiverLink Performance Plaza
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and help to 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, storm drain marking and some various other tasks to help us with our day to day operations.

On May 27, we will meet at 144 Riverside Drive at the RiverLink Performance Plaza, where RiverMusic series takes place. 

Click here to register

May
30
Sat
Clean Streams Day 2015 – May 30th @ RiverLink Performance Plaza
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

May 30th Clean Streams Day River Cleanup

Join in on the spring’s largest river, creek and stream cleanup Saturday May 30th. Followed up with an after-cleanup-party.We’re looking for teams willing to take on some super trashed waterways. Groups will schedule times to come by the GreenWorks and River Link’s offices to pick up supplies, maps and gear BEFORE the May 30th cleanup. You will then organize your cleanup team on Saturday May 30th and then come to our after party with your team, pictures and some great stories.

Schedule to pick up supplies:

Asheville GreenWorks – Eric Bradford
318 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC 28801 – Ph 828-254-1776
volunteer@ashevillegreenworks.org

RiverLink – Adam Sanderson
170 Lyman Street, Asheville NC 28801 – Ph 828-252-8474
volunteer@riverlink.org

May 30th 2015
10am to 2pm Cleanup
2pm to 4pm After party

Once you register, we will contact you with the deails.

**We can provide a limited number of clean up supplies, creek boots, waders, boats, gloves and tools**

Jun
4
Thu
“STARTING A BETTER BUSINESS” SEMINAR @ RiverLink Office
Jun 4 @ 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.

Jun
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jun 10 @ 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
Jun 10 @ 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

Jun
12
Fri
RiverMusic continues with The Ben Miller Band @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville has returned for a fourth year in 2015, our second show featuring The Ben Miller Band, The Red Dirt Revelators and The Toothe. Once a month over the Summer we’ll offer a mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District (map).

Future dates will be the second Friday of each month — July 10, September 11 and October 9. RiverFest, featuring the fabulous Anything-That-Floats Parade, will be on the second Saturday of August — August 8.

Gates open at 5. The music starts at 5:30, with our second band at 6:45 and our headliner at 8:15.

Mark your calendars now to come hang out (and volunteer!) at RiverMusic and RiverFest 2015. Check out the bands by clicking on their links below:

Ben Miller Band
Red Dirt Revelators
The Toothe

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