French Broad RiverCamp

French Broad RiverCamp

This summer, learn about the river on the river! Registration for our 2017 summer camp is now open! Register for 2017 French Broad RiverCamp! French Broad ...

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Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest

Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest

Celebrating our French Broad River: RiverLink’s 10th Annual Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest   Connect to your watershed through ...

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Watershed Education

Watershed Education

RiverLink K-12 Watershed Education hit the ground running with the start of the new school year! In September, we reached 321 fourth ...

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French Broad Paddle Trail Map

French Broad Paddle Trail Map

Utilize our paddle trail map to plan your paddle trip.

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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 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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From National Geographic’s What the River Knows: French Broad River, Asheville, North Carolina

Posted by Basia Irland in the Water Currents blog on the National Geographic website. According to geologists, I am the third oldest river in the world, with the first and second places going to the River Nile and the New River (Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina). As an old-timer my gradient is low with slow erosion, […]

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Join us for the RiverFront Bus Tour

  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 […]

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Celebrating our French Broad River: RiverLink’s 10th Annual Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest

Connect to your watershed through art! RiverLink is excited to announce our 10th annual Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest. Held annually in honor of Earth Day, we are taking the event back to its roots and announcing winners at RiverLink’s Earth Day Festival on April 22. The contest is open to preK-12 […]

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January 17, 2017 Posted by dave

AC-T: Smokies sets visitation record for 2016

By Karen Chávez , kchavez@citizen-times.com GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – Despite a late fall wildfire that shut down the park for nearly two weeks and scorched 11,000 acres, the Smokies drew a record number of visitors last year. Park spokeswoman Jamie Sanders said more than 11.3 million people visited the Smokies in 2016, helping increase a healthy […]

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January 15, 2017 Posted by dave

NPR: U.S. Puts Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List For 1st Time

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species — the first such designation for a bumblebee and for a bee species in the continental U.S. The protected status, which goes into effect on Feb. 10, includes requirements for federal protections and the development of a recovery plan. It […]

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January 13, 2017 Posted by dave

WLOS: Asheville residents offer input on zoning code for River Arts District

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The city of Asheville met with the public Wednesday night to discuss a draft for a new zoning code in the River Arts District. The city wants to move toward a form-based zoning code because it would allow housing and retail businesses to be in the same area. According to a […]

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Jan
20
Fri
Invasive Removal @ West Asheville Park
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Invasive Removal @ West Asheville Park | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

We will be tackling a couple invasive plants within one of our old creek restoration sites. RiverLink will provide all the tools to make this a fun, safe, and productive workday. Come on out and help us restore this area to its former glory!

Register to volunteer

Jan
21
Sat
Redmon Dam FBR Cleanup @ Blue Heron Whitewater
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

January 21 Redmon Dam Cleanup

RiverLink, the little non-profit dedicated to the French Broad River and her watershed, is leading a cleanup of litter on the banks of the River near Redmon Dam (map). RiverLink will provide all materials.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

We will meet at Blue Heron Whitewater at 35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall (map) at 10 and caravan to the worksite.

Contact RiverLink’s Dave Russell with questions at 828-545-9099 or dave@riverlink.org.

Come help if you can!

Date: 01/21/2017 (Sat.) Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm EST Location: FBR below Redmon Dam

The signup is here!

Jan
27
Fri
Invasive Removal @ Malvern Hills Park
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Invasive Removal @ Malvern Hills Park  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Can’t make it to the first invasive workday this month, not to worry we’ve got you covered. This time we’ll be doing more invasive removal at Malvern Hills Park. Again RiverLink will provide all supplies and protection to make it fun and safe. Come help us fight these plant pests!

Register to volunteer!

Feb
8
Wed
Volunteer Information Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Information 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.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is not necessary for volunteering. Visit http://riverlink.org/learn/about-riverlink/volunteers/ to read more and wait for the pop-up window to enter your information and get yourself entered into our volunteer database. You’ll get email notifications when we have volunteer opportunities.

RSVP for either session by emailing volunteer@riverlink.org.

 

Volunteer Information Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Information Session Evening @ 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.

Please note that attendance at one of these sessions is not necessary for volunteering. Visit http://riverlink.org/learn/about-riverlink/volunteers/ to read more and wait for the pop-up window to enter your information and get yourself entered into our volunteer database. You’ll get email notifications when we have volunteer opportunities.

RSVP for either session by emailing volunteer@riverlink.org.

Feb
16
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Feb 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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"The French Broad River is the third oldest river in the world."

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