Upcoming Rain Barrel Workshop

Upcoming Rain Barrel Workshop

Interested in an affordable, recycled rain barrel? Join RiverLink staff for a hands-on Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday, July 29th ...

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Astral Footwear and TOPS FOR SHOES Join Forces to Support RiverLink

Astral Footwear and TOPS FOR SHOES Join Forces to Support RiverLink

  Local families and visitors from across the country have made TOPS FOR SHOES a downtown Asheville shopping destination for over ...

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Registration is open for the Anything That Floats parade!

Registration is open for the Anything That Floats parade!

Register NOW for RiverLink's Anything That Floats Parade on August 26th! It's the the wildest, wackiest event of the summer! ...

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Monthly Volunteer Digest

Monthly Volunteer Digest

Check out all of our great volunteer opportunities for this month. New opportunities are posted on the 1st of the ...

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Anything That Floats

Join RiverLink on August 26th for the wildest, wackiest event of the summer, the Anything That Floats parade! Creating and building a raft, float or flotilla with fun-loving friends, family or co-workers is not only a great excuse to hang out and play on the river, it’s also a chance to have a blast and support RiverLink and the work we do.

The Anything That Floats parade judges will select a winning raft winners in four categories. Rafts must finish the full course to be eligible as a winner. Judging will be in the following 4 categories:

  1. Most creative – most clever and imaginative
  2. Green Machine – best use of recycled materials
  3. Funniest – the wittiest raft that brings the most laughs
  4. Judge’s Choice – the overall best in parade

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RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work 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,  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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Smith Mill Creek 9-element Watershed Plan is Complete

  In 2001, Smith Mill Creek was termed the most polluted creek in Buncombe County, NC based on chemical and macroinvertebrate water quality monitoring conducted by the Volunteer Water Information Network (VWIN) Program. RiverLink is taking a watershed-wide approach to improving the water quality in Smith Mill Creek (watershed map). In partnership with Wildlands Engineering […]

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Registration is open for the Anything That Floats parade!

Register NOW for RiverLink’s Anything That Floats Parade on August 26th! It’s the the wildest, wackiest event of the summer! Create and build a raft, float or flotilla with fun-loving friends, family or co-workers. It’s a great  chance to have a blast and support RiverLink and the work we do. The Anything That Floats parade […]

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Wild (life) Adventures on the French Broad River Paddle Trail

by Renee Fortner, RiverLink’s Watershed Resources Coordinator For spring break this year, my family joined friends on a five day adventure along the French Broad River Paddle Trail. Created and maintained by RiverLink and Mountain True, the French Broad River Paddle Trail extends 140 miles from the headwaters in Rosman, N.C. to Douglas Lake in […]

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May 20, 2017 Posted by RiverLink

Celebrate Wilma Dykeman’s Birthday today!

Wilma Dykeman warned us all of pollution in the French Broad River in her 1955 book “The French Broad.” It was a clarion call to respect our natural world, and the first case ever made that clean water is good for the economy. Dykeman also pioneered in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights (including […]

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May 12, 2017 Posted by RiverLink

Water Wise: A History of Whitewater Paddling in WNC

May 18 – 6-8 p.m. at the Wedge Foundation – RiverLink Salon Adult Education Series returns with Will Leverette who is the author of “Water Wise: The History of Paddling in WNC” that spans the history of paddling from 1922 to 1980.  Will comes from a family of exceptional paddlers.  His grandfather, Frank Bell, founded […]

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May 12, 2017 Posted by RiverLink

Official Dispels Hellbender Myths

Park Baker / Transylvania Times Public land managers would like to dispel the myth that there is a bounty on the head of the hellbender. Staff at the Pisgah Ranger Station shared an Instagram video with The Transylvania Times this week of a man on the Davidson River trout fishing, telling another man that he […]

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Aug
26
Sat
RiverFest @ Salvage Station
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

RiverFest 2017 will, as always, be a blast! It all happens on Saturday, August 26 at the Salvage Station (map).

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An entry in the 2016 Anything That Floats Parade.

The always entertaining Anything That Floats Parade will be back, as will local beer, live music, and vendors.

Watch this site, the newsletter and the local media for more details as the event approaches!

Sep
8
Fri
RiverMusic @ Salvage Station
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverMusic 2017 rocks on with the third of our concerts at the Salvage Station, located at 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District. Watch this space to find out who our bands will be! We’ll have local craft beer, foodtrucks, local crafts and the beautiful French Broad River will be flowing right by the stage.

Sep
21
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 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 2:30 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.

Nov
16
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Nov 16 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 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 2:30 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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