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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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Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

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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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Check out this video of a discussion on RiverLink’s founding

On January 29, 2016, some of the founders of RiverLink gathered at Warehouse Studios to discuss how it all began. Part of our “30 Years of RiverLink” Celebration, it was the first of 12 installments. Check out the video, and join us for more of these talks.

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Future Salons will focus on all things RiverLink

Date/type Topic Feb. 19 Salon Land Trust, Conservation Easements March 18 Salon Volunteering/Events Public Education April 22 Bus Tour BMPs/Stream Restorations/KC Park May 20 Salon Youth Education June 17 Salon, Tour (?) Parks – Carrier, FBRP, etc. July 15 Salon Paddle Trail (?) Aug. 19 Salon Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan Sept. 16 Salon Beginnings – […]

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AC-T: NC Supreme Court to hear Asheville water case

By Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com The state Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear Asheville’s challenge to a state law directing it to turn over the city water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District. The court’s decision is no guarantee of ultimate victory for the city, but a decision not to consider the appeal might have been fatal to […]

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February 8, 2016 Posted by dave

AC-T: Asheville river outfitter changes name

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@gannett.com ASHEVILLE – A mainstay boating business on the French Broad River just got a facelift and a name change to match its mission and expansion. More than just rentals, Asheville Adventure Rentals, which opened on Riverside Drive in 2012 primarily as a tube and paddlesports rental operation, has officially changed its name to […]

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February 7, 2016 Posted by dave

Outdoor impact: Asheville a ‘gear city,’ too

By Karen Chávez of the Asheville Citizen-Times, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Like the craft breweries that have been sprouting up across the mountains, lured by quality water and quality of life, a parallel movement has been brewing in the outdoor gear industry. Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, a networking and industry support group founded two years […]

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February 6, 2016 Posted by dave

AC-T: Asheville seeks public art input in River Arts District

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@citizen-times.com. As $50 million pours into the River Arts District from federal, state and local sources, some of that money will fund public art in the area. The City of Asheville seeks input from artists and residents as it formulates a plan for those projects with two public meetings in February and […]

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February – March 2016

Feb
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 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

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 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.  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
12
Fri
Workday: Invasive Removal @ Malvern Hills Park
Feb 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This week on Friday Feb. 12th, we will be removing more invasive Porcelain Berry from Malvern Hills Park in West Asheville. We will meet at 1pm and work no later that 4pm. RiverLink will provide tools, gloves, bags, and water. Make sure to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

RSVP Here.

Feb
18
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Feb 18 @ 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.

Feb
19
Fri
30 Years Celebration Salon: Land Trust, Conservation Easements @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios
Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
30 Years Celebration Salon: Land Trust, Conservation Easements @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Throughout 2016, RiverLink will present a series of monthly events showcasing various aspects of RiverLink’s history and contributions to the Asheville and WNC area. RiverLink’s impact on the community is both varied and powerful. From greenway and park creation to cleaner water, economic development, cleaning “dirty dirt” and much more, RiverLink has been on the cusp of the region’s evolution for decades.

The majority of these events will take place the third Friday of each  month at the RiverLink office from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Topics will include The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, Conservation Easements and restoration projects, volunteerism, and more.

Parking is available in the Wedge parking lot (map).

While these events are free, registration is a must at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4caea82ba1f49-january or via email at dave@riverlink.org.

Mar
4
Fri
Native Seed Bomb Workshop @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Native Seed Bomb Workshop @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
March 4, 2016: RiverLink is hosting a Native Seed Bomb Workshop
Join our AmeriCorps Watershed Resources Coordinator Leah Handwerger and help encourage native plant growth with this fun and simple activity!
Combine your choice of wildflower seeds, clay, and compost, place (or throw) where you’d like, and watch your garden grow! These little seed bombs have huge impacts on our environment: encourage pollinators like butterflies and bees, and make your home a little more beautiful.
In this workshop you will learn about the history and science behind the seed bombs before making some for yourself!  RiverLink will provide all materials.

Mark your calendars and register today.

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