AC-T: Asheville keeps control of water system, court rules

By Joel Burgess , jburgess@citizen-times.com Asheville will maintain control of the west’s biggest water system following a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday. In the ruling the court sided with the city against the state legislature that passed a 2013 law stripping Asheville of control of municipal system and handing it over to a regional sewerage […]

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Protecting and Restoring Flows in Our Southeastern Rivers

River Network is excited to announce the release of our new report: Protecting and Restoring Flows in Our Southeastern Rivers: A Synthesis of State Policies for Water Security and Sustainability. To address the range of threats to river flows in the southeast, this report covers a comprehensive set of policies starting with the scientific foundations […]

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Stanly County, NC: Recreation becomes stronger with new blueways, trails

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer of the Stanly News & Press. With nearly four miles of trail and two kayak launches installed this year, Stanly County’s outdoor amenities hit a spike this year. All of the trail growth took place in the northern part of the county, where the opening of the Falcon Trail — a […]

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Good greenway news from GA: Island Hopper trail will connect mainland to Jekyll

By DEBORAH BAYLISS dbayliss@goldenisles.news of the Golden Isles News of Savannah, GA. Cyclists will soon find pedaling their way from Glynn County’s mainland to Jekyll Island to be a much smoother and safer ride. A road-widening project currently underway along the Downing Musgrove Causeway includes a bike path, the Jekyll Island Hopper trail, that connects with […]

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Happy Holidays from all of us at RiverLink!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, the staff, Board of Directors, army of volunteers and other supporters wish you the best of the season.  

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Vinegar: An alternative to glyphosate?

By Deborah Smith-Fiola, Independent IPM Consultant, Landscape Enterprise, LLC and Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist, IPM for Nurseries and Greenhouses University of Maryland Extension Central Maryland Research and Education Center  Glyphosate is the chemical name of world’s most widely used and best-selling herbicide. It is used in more than 130 countries on agricultural crops, orchards, nurseries, greenhouses, […]

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Chicken Hill: Asheville’s oldest neighborhood

About Chicken Hill and Urvana Chicken Hill is a mill village in Asheville, North Carolina, that dates back to the 1880s. Imbued with rich history and excellent location, this hip and funky neighborhood is a charming place to live. A short walk to downtown, to the River Arts District, and to the French Broad River […]

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WLOS: French Broad River Greenway West now open

Asheville, N.C. (WLOS) — It is official: French Broad River Greenway West from Craven Street to Haywood Road is now open to the public! Access the greenway through the trailhead off Craven Street beside the French Broad River. Ample parking spaces have been installed on both sides of adjacent Hazel Mill Road. This .5-mile section of […]

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Invasive species: Bradford pear, the worst thing since kudzu

By Durant Ashmore, in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Callery pear is the new kudzu, and is proving to be much more pervasive, with a range that is overwhelming 25 of our 50 states. There are two times a year when the public can really see the full extent of the Callery pear infestation of our fallow fields. […]

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Guest column from Randell Jones: A flood of goodwill

Politics aside, we are divided by nature. We have seen this year the damages and disruptions wrought by the extremes of nature, both deluge and drought, from the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew and the forest fires burning throughout the perilously dry Southern Appalachians. Such calamities divide us immediately into two groups: those in need […]

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City of Asheville releases revised draft of RAD form-based code, asks for public to weigh in

From the City of Asheville’s blog. Why a form-based code? Traditional land development code regulates how a building can be used: housing is available in residential districts, and businesses can only be located in commercial districts. Form-based codes generally focus on the form and location of buildings more than the use inside the buildings. A […]

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More about Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway

The Downtown Greenway, a collaborative project of the City of Greensboro and Action Greensboro, is a planned 4-mile walking and biking trail.  This urban loop around the center city of downtown Greensboro will enhance the urban landscape with a green space that will promote fitness, connectedness, and well-being for both our residents and visitors in […]

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Greensboro: Downtown Greenway praised in NEA book

By Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane (dawn.kane@greensboro.com) of The Greensboro News & Record A new book by the National Endowment for the Arts on creative placemaking praises the city’s Downtown Greenway. “How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development” serves as a primer for communities interested in using the arts to advance revitalization. […]

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River Arts District expands north with big creative complex

By Hayley Benton , hbenton@citizen-times.com The River Arts District has traditionally sat just south of Interstate 240, the spirit of Asheville’s artsy epicenter crawling from beneath the graffiti-covered beams of the Jeff Bowen Bridge. The district flows south, along the French Broad River, down Depot Street, and sprawls eastward across Clingman Avenue, pushing up against Asheville Middle School and downtown’s South Slope brewery district. […]

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No, you don’t have to start boiling your water! However, Asheville Water Resources has added Boil Water Advisories to its safety measures

From the CofA City News newsletter. Clean water helps ensure healthy communities. The City of Asheville is dedicated to ensuring safe, clean water for its residents, upholding extremely high standards and best practices that include rigorous testing. As part of the City’s unswerving dedication to ensuring safe, clean water, the water is tested at all […]

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WLOS: Duke Energy to assist homeowners living near coal ash sites

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Duke Energy says clean water and compensation is on the way for those affected by coal ash contamination. But what that means for those living near the Lake Julian plant in Asheville is still being finalized. On Wednesday, Duke Energy announced plans to provide permanent drinking water and financial support for […]

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The Gospel According to Jerry Sternberg: the ballad of Old King Coal

BY JERRY STERNBERG This is the second in a series of articles offering a virtual tour of the riverfront as it has evolved over time. The first, “The Birth of Asheville’s Industrial Riverfront,” can be found here.  The trains came, following the French Broad River, and King Coal rode in on the black, fire-breathing steeds as […]

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AC-T’s Answer Man: Huge utility poles in the RAD?

By John Boyle , jboyle@citizen-times.com Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: Why are the new utility poles going up along Riverside Drive in Asheville, in the River Arts District, so huge? They don’t look like any other utility poles I’ve ever seen. My answer: This is a serious missed […]

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How elections might impact WNC environment

By Karen Chávez , kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – When Amy Knisely looks across the serene farmland and forests of the Warren Wilson College campus, she reflects on the recent elections, the sweeping change at top levels of government, and ponders the potential environmental impact. Knisely, professor and chair of the environmental studies department at Warren Wilson College, and […]

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Indoor RAD Skatepark opens today!

By Hayley Benton , hbenton@citizen-times.com It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside. At the new indoor skate park in the River Arts District, it’s endless summer all year long. The RAD Skatepark, opening at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at 37 Foundry St., is owned and operated by local skater Alex Robertson. “I just think that indoor […]

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Land trust protects water, historic battlefield

By Karen Chávez , kchavez@citizen-times.com DYSARTSVILLE – Hunters, hikers and history seekers will all get something in their stocking this holiday, courtesy of the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. The Morganton-based land trust has acquired the 93-acre Melton tract in the Dysartsville Township of eastern McDowell County, a move that permanently protects headwaters of Cane Creek and a piece […]

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For environmental dogs, sniffing out sewage is their duty

From CBS News in Fair Haven, N.J. — Some pollution-sniffing dogs at the Jersey shore have shown they’re No. 1 at sniffing out No. 2. A team of specially trained dogs has pointed out more than 70 spots in three towns near the Navesink River where human waste may be making its way into the waterway, […]

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AC-T: Asheville arts district housing, retail project advances, finally

By Joel Burgess , jburgess@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – A long-anticipated retail and housing project expected to transform the burgeoning River Arts District is finally set to move ahead. The $58 million RAD Lofts project received city approval three years ago to put shops, a parking garage and hundreds of apartments in a 3-acre pitlike former industrial site near the heart of […]

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Hendersonville: City prepping for at least 2 more months of drought

By Andrew Mundhenk of the Hendersonville Times-News This week’s rain has offered temporary relief for Hendersonville’s water shortage, but the city is still prepping for drought conditions that could last into early 2017. Based on forecasts from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the city is anticipating drought conditions could last until at least the end […]

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Wonder about air quality? Check the North Carolina Air Quality Forecast Center website

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the state’s citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality in North Carolina for the health, benefit and economic well-being of all. To carry out this mission, the DAQ operates a statewide air quality monitoring network to measure the level of pollutants in the outdoor […]

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The facts on Fishing Licenses and Regulations

From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers various licenses and permits that authorize regulated activities such as hunting, fishing, and trapping. By purchasing a license or permit, you help sustain North Carolina’s wildlife heritage and safeguard the future of fish and wildlife in North Carolina for generations to come. […]

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How big droughts, forest fires could be the new normal in Appalachia

By NSIKAN AKPAN The South is burning. Wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres across seven states in the southern Appalachian Mountains since late October. Of the 44 ongoing blazes, the biggest struck northern Georgia and western North Carolina, where whole towns have fled as part of a slate of mass evacuations. All of which, scientists […]

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Mountain Xpress: The art of forest ‘bathing’ comes to WNC

By Nicki Glasser Last year David Kendall, who lives near Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest, found himself on a balcony in a Tokyo high-rise. “It was night, and you could see all the lights out [in the city], and there were these huge circles, big patches of black where there was no light,” he says. […]

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AC-T’s Answer Man: Dam leak at Duke Energy plant?

By John Boyle , jboyle@citizen-times.com Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: A reader with knowledge of Duke Energy’s Lake Julian power plant operation says the dam in one of the coal ash ponds, the 1982 one where they will build the new gas-fired plant, has technically been breached for a […]

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More French Broad River history: In 1917 German internees were held in Hot Springs

From mashable.com During World War I, the sleepy North Carolina resort town of Hot Springs more than doubled in population as it became host to one of the largest internment camps in the country. When the United States abandoned neutrality and declared war on Germany in April 1917, thousands of German commercial sailors were unlucky […]

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Learn about RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program

What is Adopt-a-stream? The Adopt-a-Stream program is a hands-on way for local residents and businesses to get actively involved in improving the water quality of the French Broad River Watershed. This a very flexible program that gives you the tools and knowledge to make a difference in your watershed by cleaning up your local stream. […]

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Mountain Xpress: Mills River inches closer to extreme drought conditions

By Katia Martinez In his more than 30 years of service to Western North Carolina’s agricultural community, Marvin Owings Jr. says he’s never seen conditions as dry as these. “The real old-timers have all been telling me the same thing,” he says. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my tenure. It’s never been this […]

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Philadelphia turning railroad ruins into elevated Rail Park

By Kristen De Groot for the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After more than 10 years of planning, Philadelphia is taking the first steps in transforming an abandoned, overgrown rail line that cuts through the heart of the city into a lush and lively public park. Officials broke ground last month on the first phase […]

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WLOS Gallery: Keeping track of time by taking a look back

By Frank Kracher Keeping track of time, by taking a look back. A popular Facebook page connects people with Asheville’s past, while we witness the fast-paced progress of today. For natives and newcomers alike, “Asheville, the way it WAS” is a social media resource driven by users, sharing old photos and stories. “I remember when it […]

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Local history: Brutalization of Cherokee resonates today

By Randell Jones for the Winston-Salem Journal. Seemingly far away in North Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux are defiantly opposing what they regard as an invasion of their homeland. Unfortunately, their story resonates with events in North Carolina 240 years ago this fall. In the summer of 1776, the frontier settlements far to the west of […]

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The Gospel According to Jerry: The birth of Asheville’s industrial riverfront

By Jerry Sternberg We have to know where we’ve been before we can know where we’re going. City Council is considering rezoning the Asheville riverfront, starting with what they call the River Arts District, but it’s their obvious intention to rezone the entire stretch of riverfront from the northern city limits at the Woodfin line […]

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AC-T’s Answer Man: Effluent load too much for French Broad?

By John Boyle , jboyle@citizen-times.com Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: With this severe drought, the French Broad River at Asheville is flowing at very low levels. I was wondering how much treated wastewater MSD discharges into the river and what percentage of the river is actually effluent below the […]

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Facing the future: What happens when a nonprofit leader steps down?

Thirty years is a long time to devote to any pursuit, and Karen Cragnolin, the oft-honored founding mother of RiverLink, can attest to that. During that time, she says she held every job in the organization and was planning to finally move on this year when, during surgery, she suffered an aneurysm that robbed her […]

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Welcome home, lake sturgeon

Written by  Don Hendershot The lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, once ranged across North America from the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay drainages down the Mississippi to Louisiana and from the east coast to Wisconsin. But this prehistoric creature (sturgeons date back 135 million years) has had a tough go of it for the last 100 […]

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“Extreme drought” lingers on: Hendersonville sees no need for mandatory water restrictions — yet

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman As the current drought lingers on,Hendersonville’s water supply—theMillsRiver—is low, but thankfully it does not appear to be getting any lower. Hendersonville’s Utilities Director Lee Smith told WHKP News this week that the stream flow level in the river has been at or below the “trigger level” for water conservation measures […]

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Air quality: Code red for WNC, drought spreads east

By Abigail Margulis , amargulis@citizen-times.com Five western counties are now considered to be in the highest level of drought in North Carolina with 10 counties, including Buncombe County, in extreme drought, according to the N.C. Drought Monitor. More than 40 percent of the state is now in some stage of drought, up from 30 percent last […]

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Truck accident sends cleaning solution into WNC river

By Julie Ball , jball@citizen-times.com MARSHALL – A tractor-trailer accident Wednesday in Madison County sent a cleaning solution into Little Laurel River, turning the river white. Authorities closed a section of N.C. 208 Wednesday evening following the accident, according to a dispatcher. Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper, said the 18-wheeler hauling a shipping container rolled off the […]

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Tennessee River: Soda bottles to bowling balls, river trash collector has seen it all

The box turtle is paddling for all it’s worth, but it isn’t going to make it. The Tennessee River even at its origin just east of downtown is just too wide for this little guy’s ambition. “He’s too far from shore,” said Jake Hudson as he turns his 24-foot jon boat around to begin a […]

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Defunct ferry on French Broad was once a source of transportation, entertainment

By Elaine Marranzano, Special to the News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tenn. In the early to mid 20th century, the former Bowman plantation was mostly intact — 1,200 pristine acres outlined by the shimmering beauty of the French Broad River. Lovely, but isolated. For the children who grew up on the property, the isolation was particularly acute. “Most […]

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BMT News: Museum takes a look at devastating 1916 flood

After a week of rain, “the heavens opened with a deluge” on July 15 and 16, 1916, local resident F. Bascomb Burnette wrote of the devastating 1916 flood in the Aug. 12, 1954 issue of The Black Mountain News. “On Sunday morning, the clouds were low and the tempest was raging,” Burnette, who was living on Vance Avenue in Black Mountain at […]

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Renovated Carrier Park building to open soon

From the CofA blog: No more portable potties soon at Carrier Park. Thanks to everyone for their patience while the City renovated the restrooms! Due to delays in a vendor schedule the building will not be powered up today and therefore we cannot get a Certificate of Occupancy or open the building this weekend. But […]

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Biltmore Beacon: Looking Back on 30 Years of RiverLink

By RiverLink friend Mark-Ellis Bennett As part of a RiverLink Salon Series, Karen Cragnolin, accompanied by Jean Webb, gave an informative presentation about the parks and greenways they have been involved with over the past 30 years. “It’s been a long journey. For people who’ve been here a long time and knew the French Broad […]

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More on Woodfin’s resurgence: Woodfin bond could grow Asheville arts district

By Joel Burgess , jburgess@citizen-times.com Millions in borrowing approved Tuesday by town voters could grow Asheville’s River Arts District past its borders to the north. That’s according to Woodfin Mayor Jerry Vehaun, who spoke Wednesday, a day after voters backed a $4.5 million general obligation bond by an overwhelming margin, 2,058 to 826 (71 percent to […]

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From the AC-T’s Visiting Our Past: Hans Rees, 1st factory in Asheville

By Rob Neufeld, Columnist The Industrial Revolution in America hinged on leather belting, the largest manufacturer of which set up shop in Asheville in 1898. Having invented the process by which cowhides could be cured, tanned and finished to turn high-powered transmissions, Hans Rees & Sons sought browner pastures — namely, the chestnut oak stands of Western […]

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AC-T: $4.5M Woodfin bond includes white water ‘wave’ north of Asheville

By Joel Burgess , jburgess@citizen-times.com WOODFIN – Sidewalks, a greenway, a park — and a new white water playground for boaters on the French Broad River. Those are among the projects that would be supported by a $4.5 million bond that Woodfin voters are deciding on in this election. The matter has gotten little attention in the shadow […]

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We’re about to see a record-breaking supermoon – the biggest in nearly 70 years

From Science Alert If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948. During the event, which will happen on the eve of November 14, the Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent […]

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Severe drought: City preparing to tap onto French Broad

By Andrew Mundhenk, Hendersonville Times-News Staff Writer The city of Hendersonville is looking to avoid imposing mandatory water restrictions by tapping onto the French Broad River. With no relief in sight from the drought affecting Western North Carolina, Utilities Director Lee Smith said the city is looking to install a temporary pump that would send […]

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Big project, big debt: Woodfin voters to decide future of greenway project with higher taxes in the balance

From the Mountain Xpress, by Able Allen The question that may surprise and even confuse some Woodfin residents as they dutifully mark their ballots is: Should the 6,300 residents of the town of Woodfin take on an additional $4.5 million in debt to pay for a greenway, parks and other public works projects along the stretch […]

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Henderson Times-News Opinion: Drought shows value of clean rivers

The city of Hendersonville is acting wisely and proactively in preparing to tap the French Broad River as an auxiliary water source due to the severe drought now gripping the mountains. Rainfall amounts are more than 9 inches below normal for the year, with almost 6 inches of the deficit recorded since Sept. 1. That […]

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Hike100! issues a challenge to North Carolinians

RALEIGH – Can you hike, paddle or bike 100 miles in a year? Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina State Parks have challenged all residents and visitors of North Carolina to join a new health and wellness program that encourages them to complete 100 miles of hiking, walking, running, paddling, skating, rolling their wheelchairs or […]

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Groundwater: A Hidden Influence on River Shape

A new study shows how groundwater influences river dynamics and channel pattern. SOURCE: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, by Shannon Hall From a single broad channel of rushing water to a braided network that’s split into many narrow passages, rivers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Scientists have shown that processes such […]

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Nature Center Notes: Fishing for knowledge with the Trout in the Classroom program

By Candace Thomson, Special to the AC-T’s WNC Parent Fishing is a fun family activity that can help teach children the meaning of patience and establish an appreciation for spending time with family. Of course, the most fun aspect of fishing is catching a fish! Ever wonder how our local rivers stay so well stocked with fish? […]

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Demolition of retired Dan River plant complete (Video)

By Taft Wireback taft.wireback@greensboro.com Duke Energy has demolished the Dan River Steam Station that generated reliable power for more than 60 years, but that also created millions of tons of coal ash that partially spilled into the nearby river in early 2014. Contractors imploded the retired powerhouse and three boilers Sunday morning and on Monday […]

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Mt. Airy News: Ribbon cut for greenway connector

By Tom Joyce – tjoyce@civitasmedia.com Years of planning, coordination and hard work were celebrated Friday when a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for Mount Airy’s new greenway connector. Although that link to the existing Emily B. Taylor and Ararat River greenways has been open to the public for several months, no official program had been conducted […]

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More from the U.S. Department of the Interior: 13 Facts About Bats

Called creepy, scary and spooky, bats often get a bad rap. They’re an important species that impact our daily lives in ways we might not even realize. From pollinating our favorite fruits to eating pesky insects to inspiring medical marvels, bats are heroes of the night. Bat Week — held the last week in October […]

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The Conservation Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most powerful voices in the history of American conservation. Enthralled by nature from a young age, Roosevelt cherished and promoted our nation’s landscapes and wildlife. After becoming president in 1901, Roosevelt used his authority to establish 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five […]

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Learn about the Tuckasegee Blue Trails Mapping Project

From the Southern Trout newsletter: American Rivers, a national nonprofit organization, is working to create a blue trail along the Tuckasegee River, thanks to a recently awarded $65,000 grant. The completed map will detail ”what is where” along 50 miles of river from the Tuckasegee community to Fontana Lake in Swain County. It is another […]

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AC-T’s Answer Man: Mystery metal structure in RAD? Coal emissions?

By John Boyle , jboyle@citizen-times.com Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: What is the city of Asheville building at the intersection of Emma Road and Craven Street across from the big beer plant? It has a lot of crooked sidewalks and a half finished metal structure next to what looks like a very […]

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Everything you want to know about the RADTIP on one CofA web page

Riverfront Redevelopment Asheville, NC.Departments.Community & Economic Development.Riverfront Redevelopment The City of Asheville Riverfront Office works to promote sustainable planning, redevelopment and growth in the Swannanoa and French Broad River corridors. We aim for sustainable planning and redevelopment based on placemaking now and as the city grows. Find out more.

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CofA provides riverfront redevelopment updates

Email newsletter from The Riverfront Redevelopment Office, a division of Community and Economic Development, City of Asheville: Hello RAD Stakeholders, Preconstruction activities in the RAD continue. We are committed to consistently communicating with you on the work being done, changes to the schedule and any known traffic impacts. A construction and closures map is available […]

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Xpress commentary from Will Harlan: Don’t cut Big Ivy

You already know that Buncombe County is the most populous and developed county in Western North Carolina. But you probably didn’t know that it’s also home to one of the largest old-growth forests in the East. Big Ivy — a section of the Pisgah National Forest in the northeast corner of Buncombe County near Barnardsville […]

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2,000 sturgeon to be released in French Broad River during 3rd annual SturgeonFest

From WATE 6 On Your Side staff of Knoxville, TN. KODAK (WATE) – For the past few years, great efforts have been underway to re-introduce the sturgeon back into the waterway of Tennessee. On October 22, 2000 native lake sturgeon will be released at Seven Islands State Birding Park. Tennessee Clean Water Network said there will […]

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The Cost of Showers Around the World

Infographic from HighTide Technologies. You might not realize it, but regular showering is a luxury reserved only for people in the most developed countries. In many parts of the world, the cost of water to supply a shower far exceeds what many individuals can afford, or there’s insufficient plumbing and water treatment infrastructure to even […]

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Support RiverLink with Tax Deductible End of Year Giving!

We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 an excellent year!  Your generous support and participation have helped ensure that the French Broad watershed is a fantastic place to live, learn, work and play.  In moving forward we plan to expand some of our projects and educational programs, and none […]

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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 and fifth grade students at the annual Toes in the Toe event, organized by the Toe River Watershed Partnership. Standing next to the beautiful Toe River in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, students contemplated how […]

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AC-T: Soak in fall on a paddleboard

By Karen Chávez , kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – A smooth plate of glass. Quiet. Still. Sunrise mist. Sunset cool. Fall leaves falling. Autumn colors starting to pop. This is October, floating above the French Broad River. The secret to a peaceful river “adventure” through downtown Asheville, uncovered by a transplant from Hawaii, is a standup paddleboard float […]

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Circle of Blue: America’s Spreading Septic Threat

by Brett Walton Failing septic systems produce disease outbreaks, algae blooms, and ecosystem damage There are 123 million households in the United States. Nearly one-fifth of them — some 21.5 million — do not flush toilet waste to a public sewer. They use septic systems — small underground tanks that provide basic treatment at relatively […]

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Tire Amnesty Days 2016 – Volunteer Registration

On Nov. 12 and 13, RiverLink will be working with Asheville Greenworks to get proactive in our continuous battle against tires in our local streams during Tire Amnesty Days. Sign up to help us HEAVE, HAUL and STACK a couple thousand tires. Folks will be driving in from all over Buncombe County with loads of […]

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Become a Voice of the River and get a FREE RiverLink Tote Bag!

Become a Riverlink Member today and help us protect our rivers and creeks, keeping them healthy and clean for future generations. Members of RiverLink receive discounts on special event tickets and registrations, free historic bus tours and exclusive invitations to special salon presentations. For the month of October, any new Individual, Family or Corporate* memberships will […]

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Greensboro: Ceremony marks completion of Revolution Mill’s 1250 Building

By Steve Huffman, Reporter for the Triad Business Journal Susan Kluttz says that Revolution Mill is an example of everything that’s right about historic preservation. The secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Kluttz was in Greensboro for a ribbon cutting signifying completion of the 1250 Building at Revolution Mill. It’s the first structure […]

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Artist Jeff Rich speaks at Georgia Museum of Art about FBR watershed project

By Clint Owens of the Red & Black, the University of Georgia student newspaper. In September 2004, Hurricanes Frances and Ivan hit western North Carolina, causing severe damage in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas. In the wake of the storms, which hit only nine days apart, the area faced destroyed homes, roughly $200 million […]

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Mountain Xpress: Local artists create works inspired by the French Broad to benefit RiverLink

By Tom Kerr For more than 20 years artist John Mac Kah has lived in Asheville, and for 17 of those years his studio has been located next to the French Broad River. But on an excursion along the river earlier this month, he spotted something he had never seen before — a pair of bald […]

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CSM: Great Pacific Garbage Patch is denser than previously thought

By Weston Williams Currents in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California contain much of the ocean’s plastic pollution, whose density was measured by the first-ever aerial survey, led by The Ocean Cleanup. When researchers flew over the swirling mass of trash known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for a closer look, they weren’t […]

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Xpress: Residents push to update Asheville’s tree ordinances

By Max Hunt “I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please!” cries the title character of Theodore Geisel’s classic children’s book The Lorax. More Asheville residents seem to be taking the Lorax’s admonition to heart: Increasingly, they are calling for reform of current […]

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History from the Xpress: Mr. B.J. Alexander, the man who once owned the bottom of the French Broad

By Thomas Calder “Sold French Broad to Asheville Man,” reads the headline of a Sept. 15, 1905 article in theAsheville Citizen. The story reports a dispute in the early negotiations of the sale of Carrier land (the specifics of the property are not detailed in the article, but for background on Edwin G. Carrier, visit here). […]

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PopSci: Roads paved with pig manure could mean a cleaner future

By Mary Beth Griggs for Popular Science Roads here aren’t paved with gold, but one day they might be paved with pig manure. And that’s not a bad thing. A new video created by the National Science Foundation explains new research into using waste from pigs to create a more environmentally friendly alternative to the petroleum-based […]

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Preservation Society highlights history through cemetery tour

Press release from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County: On an autumn afternoon this October 15, take a walk through one of Asheville’s special places and see where time lies still. Join the Preservation Society in a self-guided tour of Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1885 and encompassing 87 landscaped acres that are beautiful, […]

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From the Raleigh N&O: Cary eastern gateway plan moves through adoption process

By Kathryn Trogdon, ktrogdon@newsobserver.com The Town of Cary’s 25-year vision plan for its eastern gateway, an area that could one day be home to North Carolina’s first Wegmans Food Market, began to move through the adoption process Sept. 20. The Cary Town Council held a public hearing on the Eastern Cary Gateway Special Planning Area. […]

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UT Students Complete 1,157-mile Tour of the Tennessee River

From WVLT of Knoxville, Tenn. Four states, five days, 1,157 miles and all the catfish they could eat. A dozen University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design students have completed their tour of the Tennessee River, but their work has just begun. The students are part of the Governor’s Chair Tennessee River Studio, led […]

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A great combination: History and a hike!

From the Black Mountain News The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center will lead a hike overlooking the historic North Fork Valley on Saturday, Oct.8. This moderate, three-mile hike on Grove Stone and Sand Quarry roads will feature guest hike leader Jason Connor, one of the managers of the site who will apply his geological […]

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BMT News: Black Mountain gets rolling on bike plan

By Fred McCormick, fred@blackmountainnews.com The future of bicycling in Black Mountain is looking up with the Sept. 12 adoption of a 115-page bike plan by the board of aldermen. The plan will serve as a comprehensive outline to guide the town as it looks to create a safer, more convenient environment for bicyclists. The project, which began […]

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The world is starting to run out of sand

By Michael Enright of CBC Radio We have become accustomed to the idea that we may, someday, run out of oil. The world’s great forests are being stripped away. Underwater aquifers, a vital source of water for millions, are being depleted at an alarming rate. But very few of us have ever imagined that we are also in danger […]

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Asheville and the FBR made the list: 12 epic places to go paddleboarding

By Sarah Sekula, Special for USA TODAY TABERNASH, Colo. — There’s nothing quite like skimming across the water on a stand-up paddleboard. Especially when that paddleboard is floating on a picturesque pond surrounded by wildflowers, a yurt and the snow-covered Rockies. My location is Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a whimsical retreat near Winter Park, Colo., that […]

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AC-T: Hacking trees to build a greenway?

By John Boyle, jboyle@citizen-times.com There’s just no nice way to say this: It’s a hatchet job. All right, it’s really a chainsaw job, but, honestly, doesn’t the tree cutting along the French Broad River in the River Arts District look horrendous. We’re not talking about gently removing a few old dead trees here — this is a clear cut […]

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AC-T: New traffic laws focus on rider, motorist safety

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Talk to just about any cyclist in Asheville and they’ll tell you a story about getting side-swiped or being run off the road by a car. Talk to just about motorist and they’ll tell you about a crazy cyclist whipping in and around heavy traffic, without a helmet, or holding […]

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AC-T: Buncombe telling Congress to create wilderness at Big Ivy

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@citizen-times.com The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has unanimously moved to protect thousands of acres of forest north of Asheville, but the ultimate power to protect the land rests with Congress. The advocacy group Friends of Big Ivy mobilized dozens of people to speak at a regularly scheduled meeting of the board Tuesday. Presenters spoke about […]

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WLOS: Local athlete launches French Broad River Half Marathon

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Former Mars Hill University Cross Country and Track & Field athlete, Justin Gragg is living his dream and bringing a new area marathon, just in time for the fall leaf season. The inaugural French Broad River Half Marathon is scheduled to take place October 22, 2016, in Marshall and will […]

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NPR: The Oyster’s Mighty Comeback Is Creating Cleaner U.S. Waterways

The farm-to-table movement has caused oyster farming on the East Coast to double in the past six years, and the industry has shown no signs of slowing. But not only is the mollusk’s mighty comeback good for consumers and fishermen — it’s also good for waterways. Jimmy Parks, longtime chef and owner of the Butcher […]

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RiverMusic continues Oct. 7 when it’s Blitzen Trapper at Carrier Park!

RiverLink’s RiverMusic moves into its fifth big year in 2016. As always, there will be live music from local and national acts, local beer and foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River. Oct. 7 brings headliner Blitzen Trapper to the stage, where they will be preceded by two […]

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More from the Mountain Xpress: State of the arts: Where are you going, where have you been?

By Thomas Calder Printmaker Kevin Hogan remembers a River Arts District that wasn’t yet named. It was a forgotten part of town, with pockets of lingering industry, but mostly vacant buildings east of the French Broad River. A significant amount of his memory surrounds the Chesterfield Mill. In the early ’90s, Hogan and a small […]

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Powering Up Renewable Energy on Public Lands

In just eight short years, renewable energy on America’s public lands has gone from zero to hero — generating domestic clean energy, cutting carbon pollution and creating good-paying jobs here at home. When President Obama took office in 2009, there were few renewable energy projects on public lands. Fast forward to 2016, and the Interior […]

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Mountain Xpress: Road to redevelopment: Big infrastructure upgrades on RAD’s horizon

By Max Hunt Try walking almost anywhere in the River Arts District and its infrastructure deficiencies will become readily apparent. Pedestrians along Riverside Drive and Lyman Street must traverse ditches and tall grass or take their chances sharing the narrow roadways with the cars, trucks, buses and cyclists that sometimes zip by within an arm’s […]

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High Country Press: Middle Fork Greenway Now 12 Linear Acres Closer To Connecting Boone, Blowing Rock

Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) has completed its purchase of a 12-acre land tract approximately two-thirds of a mile along the Middle Fork of the South Fork New River, enabling an extension of the existing Middle Fork Greenway and the connection of two existing pocket parks.  The land purchase will also help to provide a vegetated […]

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The FBR gets mentions aplenty in this article on NBB

In May, New Belgium opened the “Liquid Center” tasting room at its recently up-and-running Asheville, N.C., brewery, which is spectacularly perched along the French Broad River. On Aug. 27, the 6,000-square-foot “LC,” as it’s known, was packed with elbowing beer lovers, who’d traveled to Asheville to celebrate New Belgium’s 25th anniversary and the inauguration of […]

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Q&A with author Edward Humes on How Transportation Overkill Is Killing Us

Edward Humes, 59, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose latest book, “Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation,” is a wide-ranging look at the planes, trains and cars that Americans have chosen to rely on. We spoke recently in Manhattan and later by phone. Here is an edited and condensed version of […]

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Karen Cragnolin recognition proclamation from Asheville City Council

Karen Cragnolin recognition Text of proclamation honoring Karen Cragnolin: WHEREAS, Karen Cragnolin made significant contributions to Asheville and it is fitting and proper to honor her achievements; and WHEREAS, Karen Cragnolin served for over 30 years as Director of RiverLink; and she dedicated her career in Asheville to the beautification and environmental stewardship of the […]

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Mountain Xpress: Asheville Guitar Bar opens in the River Arts District

By Alli Marshall There’s no question that you’ve arrived at the Asheville Guitar Bar. From the guitars scattered throughout, to the furniture constructed from repurposed instruments, to the ceiling beam made to look like a guitar fretboard (complete with strings of different gauges), the theme is apparent. But the new watering hole, located in the […]

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Mountain Xpress: Emerald ash borer invades Pisgah National Forest

By Leslie Boyd There’s a new threat to forests in Western North Carolina and — like the hemlock woolly adelgid that’s killed hundreds of thousands of trees in the region — it originated in the forests of China. Also like the woolly adelgid, the new pest lacks natural enemies in our eastern woods. According to the […]

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Press Release: Hendersonville to observe national Imagine a Day Without Water campaign on Sept. 15

Press release from the city of Hendersonville: The City of Hendersonville Joins National Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About Vulnerable Infrastructure Systems On September 15, 2016, The City of Hendersonville will join elected officials, drinking water and wastewater providers, community leaders, business and labor groups, policy experts, advocacy organizations and infrastructure […]

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The September Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is Thursday, 9/15, at 5:30 p.m

The following is a note from City of Asheville Transportation Planner Barb Mee:   This is a reminder of the September Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting, next Thursday, 9/15, at 5:30 p.m.  We will be in the City of Asheville Public Works Building again this month, 161 S. Charlotte St.  If this presents a […]

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AC-T’s Answer Man: Tree ‘denuding’ in the RAD?

From AC-T wiseguy John Boyle. Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: Why are the trees along Lyman Street all the way down to 12 Bones being hacked away for a bare look? Why are they denuding this area? My answer: Why do I always miss all the good […]

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RiverLink’s RiverMusic continues this evening at Carrier Park with bluegrass featuring Buncombe Turnpike, Tellico and Love Canon

RiverLink’s RiverMusic brings a night of bluegrass to the Prestige Subaru stage with local favorties Buncombe Turnpike and Tellico opening for Love Canon on Sept. 9. The event will move just up the French Broad River to Asheville’s Carrier Park, located at 220 Amboy Road in West Asheville (map). RiverMusic gates open at 5 p.m. […]

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Shelby Star: Officials investigating stormwater spill at old Duke Energy coal plant

MOORESBORO — The Department of Environmental Quality is investigating after a stormwater spill at one of Duke Energy’s old coal plants. Duke Energy has confirmed the spill from the Rogers Energy Complex – formerly known as the Cliffside Steam Station – in Rutherford County into the Broad River. Recent heavy rainfall at the complex caused […]

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Town of Mt. Airy grows with the landscape and the Ararat Greenway

MOUNT AIRY —  Much attention has been paid to revitalizing downtowns in North Carolina by adding storefronts and parking garages. But one town has learned that they can build up their community with the natural landscape that was there to begin with. Since 2002, the town of Mount Airy has worked with Resource Institute to […]

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Volunteers needed!

Summer is winding down, but RiverLink is not slowing down. We’ve always got things going on! RiverMusic Love Canon RiverMusic continues Sept. 9 at Carrier Park with bluegrass featuring Buncombe Turnpike, Tellico and Love Canon. Volunteers are still needed for everything, pretty much! The signup can be found here. Big Sweep Join us Saturday Sept […]

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Smithsonian.com: Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortages

Researchers aim to identify truly “water stressed” areas and help policy-makers better plan for the future By Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota Water crises seem to be everywhere. In Flint, the water might kill us. In Syria, the worst drought in hundreds of years is exacerbating civil war. But […]

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EPA Hid DEADLY Pollution That Endangered Carolina Community

By Ethan Barton of the Daily Caller Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials concealed life-threatening pollution at a North Carolina Superfund site and moved too slowly in removing the cancer-causing materials, a government watchdog reported Wednesday. They also failed to tell residents when a subsequent test found evidence that dangerous contaminants remained in areas of the […]

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Fifth Annual North Carolina Bike Summit To Be Held in Asheville Sept. 16-17

Cycling experts and advocates from throughout the Southeast will come together in Asheville at the Fifth Annual North Carolina Bike Summit on Sept. 16 and 17. Presented by BikeWalk NC in partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, this year’s event will focus on the economic benefits of investing in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure. “Governor […]

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AC-T: From blueberries to cattle, drought leaves mark in WNC

By Abigail Margulis, amargulis@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Rainfall in August has taken the edge off drought conditions in Western North Carolina, but hot and dry weather have hurt some areas of agriculture and could linger into fall. Buncombe County has been in a drought since April, according to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory report, which is […]

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Scientific American: How Invasive Species (Slowly) Push Plants Toward Extinction

One of the tasks of RiverLink is the eradication of invasive plant species in our area. Japanese knotweed, kudzu, oriental bittersweet, rosa japonica, chinese privet, and a host of others have taken a hold in our wooded and riparian areas and are quickly taking over some areas.  By John R. Platt A new paper suggests […]

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Charlotte Observer: As summer comes to a close, whitewater rafting is among the most popular outdoor activities

By Justine Miller, jmiller@mcclathy.com, of The Charlotte Observer With dozens of outdoor activities on offer for visitors to North Carolina’s Asheville area, whitewater rafting remains one of the most popular options. Tourists, coming in the tens of thousands from around the country and the world, flock to companies, such as French Broad Adventures, to experience the Blue […]

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A new approach to outdoor equipment rentals: Try every outdoors sport with Gearu

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com, of the Asheville Citizen-Times. ASHEVILLE – Ryan Lansche worked hard to earn his master’s degree in accounting at Appalachian State University in Boone, then went straight to work as a CPA in his coastal hometown of New Bern. But after two years crunching numbers for corporations, the 27-year-old’s heart was still back in […]

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East Coast Greenway: 3,000 Miles from Maine to Florida

The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, linking many of the major cities of the Eastern Seaboard between Canada and Key West. Over 30 percent of the route is already on traffic-free greenways, creating safe, accessible routes for people of all ages and abilities. The ECG fosters healthy lifestyles, empowers sustainable transportation, and promotes tourism. […]

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When mere paint isn’t enough: Bike lanes around the world

By Philip Marcelo of The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Cities are increasingly changing bike lanes to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars. From Boston to San Francisco and New York to Tokyo, traditional bike lanes running alongside vehicle traffic are being replaced in favor of “protected” lanes or “cycletracks,” […]

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Calling all runners: WCU and Mars Hill grad launches French Broad River Half-Marathon

By Karen Chávez of the Asheville Citizen-Times, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – When you just graduated from Western Carolina with an MBA, had a stellar running career at Mars Hill University, and you have a burning passion for business, running, and getting a job, what do you do? If you’re Justin Gragg, you create the half-marathon race of your dreams. […]

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Press Release: Indoor skatepark set to open this fall in the River Arts District

The River Arts District will add a new local attraction to its community as RAD Skatepark sets to open this fall. RAD skatepark will be the only indoor skatepark in Western North Carolina. It will provide regional skaters the opportunity to experience 10,000 square feet of an indoor course inspired by street obstacles from famous […]

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Washington Post: Are you falling victim to myths about proper hydration?

By Ellie Krieger It’s now the norm to carry around a water bottle as if it’s a permanent extension of your arm, so it seems that most of us have bought in to the benefits of proper hydration. But is what you think about your drink more hype than fact? Take this quiz to find […]

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Help us Name That Creek in Kenilworth!

We feel certain that a creek with a name is more likely to be loved and cared for than an anonymous stream, so we have implemented the Name That Creek program to involve locals in naming the streams that flow through their communities. [yop_poll id=”15″]

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New law regarding cyclists and motorists goes into effect Oct. 1

From the Daily Reflector of Rocky Mount, NC. Dangerous cycle: Motorists, cyclists have trouble sharing roads By Beth Velliquette A cyclist who rides along some of Pitt County’s roads is using GoPro cameras on his bicycle to highlight some of the problems he says cyclists face when using the roads, including drivers who pass too […]

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AC-T: Blue Ridge Parkway to grow by 1,654 acres in WNC thanks to gift

By Abigail Margulis, amargulis@citizen-times.com The Blue Ridge Parkway will be expanded by 1,654 acres near the Plott Balsam Mountains in Jackson County. The land, valued at $3.1 million, was gifted to the National Park Service from The Nature Conservancy, the Conservancy announced Tuesday. Rare plant and animal species are home to the property including the federally endangered Indiana bat […]

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AC-T: Bowen Bridge might become Asheville ‘signature’

By Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Some residents have suggested for several years that a new French Broad River bridge as part of the I-26 Connector project should be a dramatic, architecturally significant structure that would become almost an emblem of the city. But a group of state Department of Transportation engineers and local residents and officials have started turning their […]

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Greenway news from down east: Salisbury secures Carolina Thread Trail grants for Greenway trail

SALISBURY – The city of Salisbury has been awarded two separate grants totaling $131,562 for improvements along the Carolina Thread Trail, which coincides with a portion of the Salisbury Greenway. The city will utilize $40,500 of the funds to conduct a bridge design study and FEMA No-rise Certification for Floodways. This study will provide the necessary […]

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Riverlink announces winners of 23rd annual “Anything That Floats” parade

RiverLink’s Anything That Floats Parade was a blast — again The morning of Saturday, August 13 found 18 teams assembling a series of creative, colorful, unique rafts to float in RiverLink’s 23rd annual Anything That Floats Parade on the French Broad River. Rafters began putting in at 10 a.m. at Hominy Creek Park and took […]

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Tomorrow: RiverLink celebrates 30 years with Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan

As part of RiverLink’s 30th anniversary celebration, the environmental nonprofit will host a panel discussion of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan 4-6 p.m. Aug. 19, 170 Lyman St. RiverLink founder Karen Cragnolin and Dana Stonestreet, who were both key players in the creation and implementation of the RiverWay Plan, will lead the discussion. The Wilma […]

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State to fund Greenway bridge linking Boone and Blowing Rock

Written by Bill Fisher of Go Blueidge News. Governor Pat McCrory joined state and local officials Friday to announce a $145,000 grant to help fund a key pedestrian bridge on the Middle Fork Greenway. The grant was funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Contingency Fund. “Trails and greenways across North Carolina provide our residents […]

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Did you know there was such a thing as freshwater jellyfish and they’re in our area?

Recently, a RiverLink supporter brought us a jar of water containing jellyfish from a pond near his house. We’d never heard of such a thing, but were enthralled with them! They aren’t native to our area, and one has to wonder how they ended up in a pond in Arden. Freshwater Jellyfish Facts – The […]

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Letter to the editor: Greenways and parks provide peace

This letter to the editor appeared in the Knoxville News & Sentinel: I would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who designs and maintains the parks and spaces in the Knox County greenway system. My husband and I are regular walkers at the Parkey Strader Loop on S. Northshore Drive across from […]

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Ambitious plans: Athens will see part of its North Oconee Greenway added to 39-mile-long trail

From the University of Georgia student newspaper, the Red & Black. In the next few years, Athens could see itself connected all the way to Union Point by a 39-mile-long trail, which is being called the Firefly Trail. At its July meeting, the Athens-Clarke County Commission announced it is seeking bids for construction of the […]

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HuffPo: Echoes of Flint, as North Carolina Water Pollution Is Swept Under the Rug

By Logan Smith, Communications Director for Progress North Carolina. Let me tell you about a community who woke up one day to learn their drinking water had been contaminated with toxic chemicals. Families who have been suffering from mysterious illnesses learn that the water they’ve been drinking day in and day out may be laced with poison. […]

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AC-T: 12 Bones joins Wedge Brewing at Foundation property

By Mackensy Lunsford, mlunsford@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – It may be hard to discern, but the ramshackle buildings off Old Lyman Street have lovely bones. Underneath layers of bright spray paint, a former tannery, adjoining offices, an old restaurant, a bathhouse and more await transformation. These vestiges of industries past will soon be home to two of the vanguards of the […]

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City to hold public meetings on dam improvement project

Press release from the city of Asheville: In an effort to prevent damage in the event of a natural disaster (flood or earthquake), the City of Asheville has identified proactive improvement measures to be taken at the North Fork Reservoir to protect and improve critical infrastructure and resources. Join the City of Asheville Water Resources […]

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AC-T: RiverLink gets new executive director

By Karen Chavez, kchavez@gannett.com ASHEVILLE – Garrett Artz, co-founder of Connect Enka, a walking and biking advocacy group in Enka-Candler, has been named executive director of the environmental nonprofit RiverLink. Artz takes over the job held for 30 years by RiverLink founder, Karen Cragnolin, who is retiring but will serve as a consultant for strategic property […]

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Tomorrow: City of Asheville to offer free organic lawn care workshop

As a matter of practice, the City of Asheville does not use pesticides, herbicides or any other harmful chemicals. And as part of continuous improvement, the City is bringing in two experts in organic lawn and garden management for a staff training session. While they are here, the City will offer a separate workshop, free […]

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Wanted Dead: Tree-of-heaven isn’t so heavenly

By LEE REICH of the Associated Press. Is it thumbs up or thumbs down for tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), now standing out among the general greenery for the mops of yellowish or orangeish seeds capping its stout branches? Thumbs down. With compound leaves and coarse, chubby limbs, this tree could have been mistaken for staghorn sumac or […]

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Wild space in town: Controversy over federally funded park

From our friends at the Carolina Public Press. By Frank Taylor. LAUREL PARK — Rhododendron Park looks a bit like an untamed swamp this summer. Some residents of the surrounding residential community in central Henderson County have told Carolina Public Press that the low-lying overgrown former lake bed that makes up the park has become a […]

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6 Human Activities That Pose The Biggest Threat To The World’s Drinking Water

BY NATASHA GEILING of Thinkprogress.org. Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening to seriously undermine the availability of clean drinking water in many of the world’s major cities. According to a study published Monday in theProceedings of the National Academy of […]

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Desalination: How A New Source Of Water Is Helping Reduce Conflict In The Middle East

One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs, by Rowan Jacobsen of Ensia. July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two concrete reservoirs the size of football fields and watch water pour into them from a massive pipe emerging from the […]

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HTN Editorial: New ways to love an old river

The French Broad River, an often overlooked natural treasure in Henderson County, is poised to become a bigger part of our rich tourism economy, thanks to a new access point at Horse Shoe and a planned nature park near Mills River. For years, upstream and downstream sections eclipsed the local stretch of what’s considered one […]

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Some of the ‘mind-blowing’ amount of trash washing up on Alaska’s beaches comes to Anchorage

By Tegan Hanlon of the Anchorage Dispatch News. One by one, people overturned massive, white, heavy-duty bags at the Port of Anchorage Saturday afternoon, spilling out their contents: a hodgepodge of debris that had found its way into the ocean, eventually landing on Alaska’s remote coastlines. There were shoes alongside buoys and styrofoam. There was a collection […]

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WCQS report: The Impact of Drought on Western North Carolina

It’s summertime in the mountains, and along with high temperatures, the season has also brought drought conditions to the region. Believe it or not, Western North Carolina is experiencing a drought at the moment, despite the heavy rains and powerful storms that have passed through in recent weeks—its impact is being felt throughout many mountain […]

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AC-T: City releases guidelines for free wood, traffic, other issues in RAD

By Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Benefits and annoyances are upcoming as the city prepares for a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the River Arts District. The $50 million in public spending on roads, greenways, sidewalks and other infrastructure is happening alongside about $200 million in recent and anticipated private investment. Some key information and dates, according to a recent city […]

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Meeting notice from Barb Mee, CofA Transportation Planner

Special Meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, Tuesday, August 2 There was one item was on last week’s meeting task force agenda that will not wait until next month.  After consultation with your facilitators and the core group of people who attend the meetings regularly, we have scheduled a special Bicycle and Pedestrian […]

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Come volunteer at RiverFest 2016

RiverFest is our signature event  — a full day of live music, local beer and food, and the Anything That Floats Parade on the waters of the beautiful French Broad River. It all happens on Saturday, August 13 and takes a lot of volunteers to pull this event off, and we thank you for your […]

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WLOS: Prepare for activity as RADTIP pre-construction begins this summer

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — There’s lots information from the city this summer for people who live or work in the RAD. The City of Asheville begins pre-construction activities in the River Arts District for River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP), a project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike […]

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Hendersonville, local partners hold ribbon cutting celebration for Oklawaha greenway July 29

From a press release: Mayor Volk and City Council cordially invite you to attend: The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Extension (Phase Three) of the Oklawaha Greenway to Berkeley Mills Park Friday, July 29, 2016: 4:00 p.m. The City of Hendersonville and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce announce the official […]

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Chattanooga: from dirtiest city to greenest

By  Jill Neimark, on the GOOD website. Chattanooga, Tennessee was once so choked with smog and pollution that, as reported by CNBC, “people had to drive with their headlights on all day.” The federal organization that would become the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared the city the most polluted in America, with dangerously dirty air full of ozone, particulates, and other toxins. That was 1969. […]

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HTN: French Broad River access makes quick impact (map in this posting)

By Derek Lacey, Times-News Staff Writer The new public access point on the French Broad River at the intersection of Highway 64 and Cummings Road has only been open for just over a week, but it’s already making an impact. The Horse Shoe Public Boating Access Park, with a floating dock and 80-foot concrete boat slip, […]

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Beaver dams causing a real jam for some in Charlotte

On a quiet fall night on the Catawba River, a beaver dam stopped a potential disaster. The dam was all that stood between a sewage leak and the river that supplies much of Charlotte’s drinking water. “A beaver dam strategically located contained the spill,” a utilities report stated. Beavers were the heroes on this day, […]

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Check out this new waterfall guide

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – A “waterfaller” who goes “waterfalling” is a thing now. It’s not the act of falling over waterfalls (which is tragic and happens all too often in Western North Carolina), but words used to describe the sport of seeking out and hiking to waterfalls. Like runners go running, birders go birding […]

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From the AC-T’s Answer Man — Air Quality in WNC

The Asheville Citizen-Times Answer Man, John Boyle, rec’d and answered a question about local air quality in a recent column. Question: I recently heard a climate scientist make the case that air pollution will become the major environmental health concern. It got me thinking about air quality in and around Asheville. What is the current state […]

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Three newspaper pieces about the Flood of 1916

8 things to know about North Carolina’s Great Flood of 1916 Charlotte Observer The French Broad River in Asheville, July 1916. … moonshine stills and whole houses sailed down the Catawba, Yadkin and French Broad rivers. ———————————————————————————————————— Great flood nearly wiped out Asheville 100 years ago – Past Times News & Observer (blog) By the […]

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Observer Opinion: Forests offer prevention from the next great flood

BY BILL HOLMAN, Special to the Observer One hundred years ago this month, one of the worst natural disasters in our region’s history devastated communities from Asheville to Fort Mill. The Great Flood of 1916 was the result of two hurricanes saturating the Southern Appalachian Mountains and causing the Catawba and French Broad Rivers to dramatically […]

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New Henderson County park plans to be considered today

Board will review conceptual plans for river park By Derek Lacey, Henderson Times-News Staff Writer The wheels are turning for a new park in the county, slated for an agricultural area across the French Broad River from Westfeldt Park in Fletcher.  The 28-acre parcel was a gift to the county in 1996 by sisters Narcisse Suzanne […]

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AC-T: Kayak fishing the new wave in paddle sports

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Still fishing from a motor boat, hauling a boat trailer, paying insurance and tons of money for gas? That’s so 2009. As in, ancient history before Instagram – the hottest trend in social media – was born. Asheville kayaker, filmmaker and event producer Spencer Cooke, who likes to be on […]

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AC-T: 400-foot-long mural painted at local Zaxby’s follows the FBR

The Zaxby’s chicken chain location on Smokey Park Highway received a makeover this month, thanks to the local artists at Brushcan Custom Murals. Artists Jeremy Russell and Scott Allred painted the 400-foot retaining wall lining the restaurant’s drive-thru and parking lot with scenes from Asheville and the surrounding area, from the Blue Ridge Parkway to […]

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WLOS: Tubing comes to the French Broad in Henderson County

WLOS — HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — A popular recreational activity on the French Broad River is coming to Henderson County. Lazy Otter Outfitters has launched a river tubing rental service. The tube float will start at the newly opened public boat ramp on Highway 64 at Cummings Road and wind four miles on the water […]

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100 years after the Flood of 1916, the City of Asheville is ready for the next one

By any measure Asheville’s catastrophic Flood of 1916 stands as “The Flood by Which All Other Floods Are Measured.” When two tropical storms converged on the mountains in tandem that summer — one from the Gulf in June followed by another from the Atlantic in July — the water that thundered in its wake wasn’t just “high;” […]

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From Southern Trout magazine: Dangerous drinking

While fly fishing the Southern Appalachian Highlands, you might be tempted to dip your bottle into that babbling brook and take a drink. That’s not a good idea unless you filter or treat this water. Experienced anglers follow a simple rule: unless the water comes from a faucet connected to a municipal water system, you […]

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Greenways: wholesome embodiment of American democracy

From Reflector.com: Greenville residents ought to take a walk along the city’s greenway system and include a visit where work has resumed on a 1.37-mile section that, when completed in August, will link Charles Boulevard and Evans Street. A look now and upon completion should convince them of the worth of this project and the […]

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Interesting greenway news: Nashville eyes $40M elevated I-440 greenway

By  Joey Garrison, jgarrison@tennessean.com. Metro Nashville is seeking $30 million in federal funds for an ambitious $40.2 million proposal to build a new elevated greenway for pedestrians and cyclists on an approximately seven-mile stretch of Interstate 440. Parks director Tommy Lynch confirmed that his department recently applied for a competitive federal TIGER VIII grant through the […]

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CDC: High-Levels Of Brain-Eating Amoeba Found At North Carolina Water Park

By Nina Golgowski, Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Unusually high levels of a brain-eating amoeba were found at a North Carolina water park where an Ohio teen became infected and later died, an investigation found. All 11 samples taken from the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, officials with the Centers for Disease […]

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Pet waste is contributing to water pollution

There’s no text with this report, but here’s the video link: Pet Waste is Contributing to Water Pollution    

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AC-T: Greenway, pool, theater bids advance in tourism grant process

By Mike Cronin, mcronin@citizen-times.com Those who advanced represent $27.5 million in requested funding for their proposals. The four rejected candidates consisted of five applications totaling $700K in requested money. Eight organizations’ applications have advanced to the second round of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority grant program. Those projects total about $7.5 million in requested funding. […]

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SC regulators were warned about pollution at Saluda River park in May

BY SAMMY FRETWELL, sfretwell@thestate.com COLUMBIA, SC — State regulators were told in May that unsafe levels of bacteria had shown up in the Saluda River near a popular waterfront park. But they didn’t determine contamination was significant enough to warn the public until this week. Regulators did not act until they confirmed high bacteria counts in the […]

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CDC: Whitewater center’s treatment systems ‘inadequate’ to eliminate rare amoeba

By Jennifer Thomas, Staff WriterCharlotte Business Journal All 11 environmental samples taken from the U.S. National Whitewater Center have tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, steps the facility took to treat its water were ‘inadequate’ to inactivate that organism, says Dr. Jennifer Cope, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC. […]

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RiverLink is selling wristbands at the Pack Square 4th of July celebration today!

Stop by and say hi and buy a wristband. All proceeds will go to us to continue our great work!  

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AC-T: From $10,000 to $600,000: Eminent domain values in RAD vary

Developer Harry Pilos paid about $2.3 million for the Roberts Street property in the center of the River Arts District where he plans to build lofts, so when a city-affiliated appraiser told him it was worth about $742,800, he laughed. The sum wasn’t realistic enough to engender actual frustration, he explained. “I had to kind of […]

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AC-T: Chamber speaker says Asheville can exploit edges to grow further

By Mike Cronin, mcronin@citizen-times.com Asheville’s economic development officials set the bar high last year when they announced the region’s new five-year job growth plan. By the end of 2020, the goals include creating 3,000 new direct jobs that pay an average annual wage of $50,000 and establishing 50 new high-growth companies in Buncombe County. The strategy’s […]

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Time Capsule Video captures the essence of last week’s ribbon cutting

Learn more about Katie Brugger, RiverLink’s unofficial official videographer.  

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The Thread that Binds Us – Conover opens 1.5-mile section of greenway

By Michelle T. Bernard, Staff Writer for the Observer News Enterprise of Newton, NC. NEWTON, NC — Lyle Creek has historical significance to the City of Conover – when you go back through the heritage of Conover it is mentioned many, many times according to Conover Mayor Lee Moritz. The City of Conover opened a 1.5-mile enhanced surface […]

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WLOS: Asheville seeks bids on RAD visitor center

WLOS — ASHEVILLE — The popular River Arts District could have its own visitor center with public restrooms and parking by late fall of 2016. The city is asking for bids to renovate the old gas company building on Riverside Drive near 12 Bones restaurant. It will cost about $500,000. Work could start by August. […]

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Voluntary water restrictions could be coming as drought continues

By Andrew Mundhenk, Times-News Staff Writer Henderson County remains in a moderate drought as of Thursday, while Transylvania County has moved into a severe drought, according to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council. Henderson joins nine other counties in the westernmost portion of the state in moderate drought. The western half of Transylvania County is […]

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RiverLink opens new access point along French Broad River

Public river access is part of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan and RiverLink is always on the lookout for new sites to get folks on the French Broad River. Once they do a float or paddle, our theory is that they’ll learn to appreciate the River and become better stewards of it. Below is a […]

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WLOS: Severe drought declared for parts of WNC

By Zachary Downes and Aaron Adelson RALEIGH, N.C. — Four Western North Carolina counties are facing a severe drought due to lack of rainfall. According to the North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality, portions of Macon, Transylvania, Jackson and Haywood counties were upgraded from moderate drought to severe drought due to lack of adequate rainfall. […]

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AC-T: Jackson County land to open for recreation

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com FRANKLIN – In a rare move, Jackson County commissioners designated a sizeable chunk of change to create new public land for people to hike, hunt and fish. The county recently worked with Mainspring Conservation Trust to allow public access to the “Wood Heirs” property, a 308 acre tract bordered on two sides by the Nantahala National Forest. The […]

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AC-T’s Visiting Our Past: The rise and fall of Morgan’s Mill in Transylvania County

By Rob Neufeld, Visiting Our Past It isn’t true that James Madison “Big Jim” Morgan left his Cherryfield home near Rosman when he was 22 and returned home from the California Gold Rush with $10,000 stuffed in his belt. That’s what Earle Hitch wrote in a 1959 “Transylvania Times” article, having heard it from the son […]

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HTN: Horse Shoe gets river access park on the French Broad

By Lauren Stepp, Times-News correspondent The French Broad’s distinctive horseshoe curvature, caused by a sharp veering east and then northwest, is visible from the McLean Bridge on Brevard Road. Machinery, skeins of construction fencing and gravel piles — the beginnings of what will soon become the Horse Shoe Public Boating Access Park — are also discernable. Located at […]

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NC Water Quality in Jeopardy with Lifting of Regulations

June 16, 2016, By Stephanie Carson, Public News Service – NC CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Agriculture is big business in North Carolina, and while the farms across the state add to the economy and resources, the waste generated in the form of animal waste and fertilizer runoff has the potential to impact the state’s water quality. For […]

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Interesting article: River terraces (tectonic–climatic interaction)

Terraces can be formed in many ways and in several geologic and environmental settings. By studying the size, shape, and age of terraces, one can determine the geologic processes that formed them. When terraces have the same age and/or shape over a region, it is often indicative that a large-scale geologic or environmental mechanism is […]

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AC-T: Hellbenders, birds in peril: Wildlife plan reveals species of concern

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Times are tough for a salamander. And they’re even tougher when you’re a salamander with the unfortunate name of “hellbender,” a salamander being persecuted by everything from climate change to uninformed humans taking you home in a bucket. Even though Western North Carolina has the most diverse habitat for salamanders in the […]

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AC-T: WNC couple complete French Broad ‘thru-paddle’

ASHEVILLE — Nelson and Angie Stegall, aka Yukon and Bean, have just completed a raft “thru-paddle” of the entire French Broad River. The couple, who live in a 30-foot fifth-wheel camper on a friend’s farm in Pisgah Forest, were inspired by a 225-mile trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 2013. They […]

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It’s called a beacon and it’s coming to Amboy Road

From the CofA News email: It runs parallel to the French Broad River, with its recreation opportunities and popular riverside parks. But just try crossing Amboy Road. There’s the real adventure, right? This heavily traveled road has a 45 mph speed limit with narrow shoulders and no sidewalks on either side. So City Traffic Engineer […]

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HTN: Upper French Broad Riverfest planned for Saturday

The Transylvania French Broad Stewards and the town of Rosman are joining together to host the Upper French Broad Riverfest at Champion Park in Rosman Saturday. The festival celebrates the contribution of the Upper French Broad to the life of the county, with lots of free activities for kids and families. The Riverfest will take […]

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Press release: Sierra Nevada brewery awarded Platinum certification

MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum status — the highest level awarded — for its Mills River brewing facility. From the start of construction in 2012, Sierra Nevada’s Mills River brewery was designed to meet minimum Silver LEED status. LEED is a globally recognized rating […]

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AC-T’s Answer Man: Can Asheville get a ‘signature bridge?’

By John Boyle, jboyle@citizen-times.com Today’s burning question, my smart-aleck answer and the real deal: Question: OK, it seems that this is finally a done deal that we are getting a new bridge in town. Is the design of the bridge a separate piece? Will we have input? The bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, on its own brings tourists, because it […]

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Join us June 17 for a discussion of RiverLink’s parks

   RiverLink’s 30 year celebration continues with a look at the parks RiverLink has had a hand in creating on Friday, June 17, from 4 — 6 p.m. in the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the RAD (map). Presenting will be RiverLink Executive Director Karen Cragnolin and long-time RiverLink supporter Jean Webb. The event is free […]

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Take the RiverFront Bus Tour to learn heaps about history, the present and the future

  Join RiverLink for the June 16, 2016 RiverFront Bus Tour to learn some past, present and future RiverLink offers a winding riverfront bus tour around the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers offering a two-hour discussion of history, the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, Chicken Hill, our parks, and lots more. It’s an opportunity to learn more […]

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Join us for a program on the Flood of 1916

  July 15 Flood Symposium and July 16 Commemoration of the Great Flood at AB Tech    ASHEVILLE, NC — A century ago, Western North Carolina experienced possibly the worst natural disaster the region has ever seen.  July 15, 1916 was a day of extraordinary rain; one location along the Blue Ridge Parkway received 22 […]

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There’s a new Creek on the map!

  RiverLink and partners named another creek. Welcome to the WNC map, Fox Creek!   Working with the Falconhurst neighborhood, and City and County governments, RiverLink spearheaded the naming of a tributary of Smith Mill Creek and the French Broad River. Falconhurst is a community in West Asheville, bounded by Haywood Road and Louisiana, Mitchell, […]

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Please donate to the Annual Fund!

  Please Help RiverLink Fill the Tributaries and the main stem of the Annual Fund River! Please help fill the tributary by donating or pledging to RiverLink’s annual fund today. We still need $84,476 by June 30th to reach our $250,000 goal. Consider how much you enjoy the French Broad River, clean water, free RiverMusic […]

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Executive Director Karen Cragnolin’s newsletter column …

  From the exec’s desk   Dear RiverLovers,   From 1904 to 1916 if someone was going down to the French Broad River near Asheville it was probably on a trolley car and most likely it was to visit Riverside Park. Trolleys ran to Riverside Park from downtown, then to the Belmont Hotel in West […]

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What Makes Berlin a Playground Paradise

From the New York Times: On a sunny Sunday afternoon in early spring, my younger daughter, Rosie, climbed up inside an airplane, out the hatch on top, and out onto the wing, where she waved to catch my attention. “Think I can do it, Mama?” She didn’t wait for my answer before jumping off, six […]

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The winds surrounding the TVA, they are a-changin’. Is the TVA losing its relevancy?

By By AMY ESKIND of the Nashville Scene. At last week’s meeting of a Tennessee Valley Authority advisory panel — the 20-delegate Regional Energy Resource Council — the convened utility executives, environmental advocates, government officials and academics did not have deep discussions about the new East Tennessee nuclear reactor’s progress coming online. They did not discuss the wind […]

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N&O: NC Senate eyes mussels for cleaning Jordan, Falls lakes

BY PAUL A. SPECHT, aspecht@newsobserver.com RALEIGH — The state Senate might introduce a freshwater mussel species into Jordan and Falls lakes to reduce algae and clean the water. The state Senate budget proposal that passed a second reading on Thursday earmarks $500,000 from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to study whether certain mussels can effectively clean […]

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When it rains in Black Mountain

The Swannanoa runs muddily into the French Broad at the Amboy Road Bridge whenever it rains in Black Mountain, Swannanoa or Oteen.

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Historical significance of old Swannanoa school looms large

By Fred McCormick, fred@blackmountainnews.com Buncombe County school officials are considering a $12 million renovation to the school that once housed Swannanoa School. And Bill Alexander is recounting its past. From first- through eighth-grade, Alexander attended the school, which now houses Community High School. The building’s historical significance goes way beyond Alexander’s years there, he said in […]

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Get busy, y’all: Winston-Salem parks near the bottom in rating of park systems

By Wesley Young of the Winston-Salem Journal A nonprofit group says that Winston-Salem ranks near the bottom of the largest 100 cities in the country in a rating of park systems. Winston-Salem tied with Louisville, Ky., for the 93rd spot in the first year that the Trust for Public Land has included Winston-Salem in its […]

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2016 Anything That Floats Parade Registration is open!

Get your creative caps on, put together a team, and build your yacht for the 2016 Anything That Floats Parade! Registration is now open for RiverLink’s Anything That Floats Parade which will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 on the French Broad River in Asheville. You can access the registration form, including payment information, […]

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Southern Trout Newsletter: Davidson River Outfitters Summer Fishing Festival

Davidson River Outfitters will hold a first-ever summer fishing festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 9 am – 5 pm, at its new store location, 49 Pisgah Hwy, Suite 6 in Pisgah Forest, NC. “We’ve long thought that a summer fishing festival would be a great addition to our community,” said Kevin Howell, owner […]

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Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters Open under Hatchery-Supported Regulations June 4

Press release from the N.C> Wildlife Resources Commission. RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2016) — On June 4 the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations. From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on June 4, delayed-harvest trout waters are open only to anglers […]

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Watching out over wild, picturesque Linville Gorge

LINVILLE – What would you do with your life if you didn’t need money? It’s a popular contemplation and one that Kevin Massey, at age 45, has realized. He would tie his red hair back in a ponytail, arm himself with maps, hand tools, snacks and Gatorade, and perform backbreaking work to care for the […]

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AC-T’s View: Bowen Bridge design decision a welcome move

The groups and individuals who prevailed on the state Department of Transportation to do something about the Bowen Bridge mess can pat themselves on the back. Road planners are notoriously hard to persuade, but in this case they were convinced by the widespread community outcry. For decades, Asheville motorists have had to contend with a […]

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City invests in water quality around New Belgium

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Construction around New Belgium in the River Arts District is improving the stormwater management system in the River Arts District. “What we’re looking at, ultimately, is water quality improvements through the area,” McCray Coates, Stormwater Services Manager for the City of Asheville, said. RELATED | Hundreds of visitors pour in […]

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Learn more about the couple rafting the entire FBR next week

Yukon and Bean are their trail names, and they have a blog set up that features a variety of interesting entries, including one piece about setting up their raft for the adventure. Check the blog out here. Read about the FBR prep here.

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RiverLink’s Karen Cragnolin stepping down as executive director

After 30 years at the helm, Karen Cragnolin is stepping down from her post as executive director of RiverLink. Cragnolin founded the nonprofit in 1986, long before most people in Asheville saw the French Broad River area as a potential asset for the city. Now a thriving part of the region’s economy, the River Arts District is […]

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Franklin School of Innnovation’s 8th Grade “Water is Life!” Expedition Celebration of Learning is tomorrow!

Water Is Life! Celebration of Learning Press Release for Franklin School of Innovation’s 8th Grade “Water is Life!” Expedition Celebration of Learning Friday, May 27, 8:15 am – 2pm, at 21 Innovation Dr, off Sardis Rd. For Immediate Release: On Friday, May 27, Franklin School of Innovation 8th Grade Students will partner with Asheville GreenWorks […]

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Pisgah Forest couple to raft entire French Broad

By Derek Lacey, Hendersonville Times-News Staff Writer The French Broad River is unique. Among the oldest rivers in the world, it flows north. It meanders through farmland and city and mountains and eventually dumps into a Tennessee lake before joining up with the Holston River to form the Tennessee River near Knoxville. It’s home to multitudes […]

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South Carolina: Columbia’s mill village on the brink of change

By Jeff Wilkinson, jwilkinson@thestate.com When Sherry and Jake Jaco lined up for their first day of first grade at Olympia School in 1951, Columbia’s mill village was a very different place than it is today. It was self-sufficient, with its own company store, community center, swimming pool, ball field and churches. People lived in distinctive “saltbox” […]

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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by […]

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WLOS Ask 13: Hominy Creek dam

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Remnants of a very old stone structure have one News 13 viewer asking questions. The structure is a very old dam, and what’s left of it is on a tributary that runs into the French Broad River south of Asheville. Scott Fisher, who grew up in the area and heard […]

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WLOS: Inexperienced kayakers rescued from French Broad warn others

WLOS — BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — Firefighters rescued two people from the French Broad River after they went kayaking for the first time. Carmen Pritchard and Jackson Lawrie said there were only kayaking at Ledges Whitewater Park for about 13 seconds before Pritchard’s kayak got pinned up on a rock. Lawrie said he tried to […]

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Here’s the 2016 FBR flyover video we mentioned yesterday

See how much has changed since 1989. Yesterday’s blog post featured the ’89 video.  

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Check out this 1989 FBR flyover video …

Tomorrow we’ll post a 2016 flyover video so you can see the difference 27 years have made.  

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AC-T: NC Supreme Court hears Asheville water case

By Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com MORGANTON – The state Supreme Court during oral arguments Tuesday over the fate of the Asheville water system wrestled with how much authority legislators have over local issues affecting health and sanitation. Justices posed questions to attorneys on each side, and it was difficult to tell which way any particular justice might be leaning. Most of the […]

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AC-T: Three killed in recent waterfall accidents

By Abigail Margulis, amargulis@citizen-times.com A man critically injured after slipping from a Transylvania County waterfall died from his injuries Wednesday, marking the third waterfall death in the past two weeks in the mountains. A friend trying to rescue him during the Tuesday accident died at the scene, said Lt. Terry Crow with Lake Toxaway Fire Rescue. Three people were at the […]

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AC-T: New artist-run bar coming to the River Arts District

By Mackensy Lunsford, mlunsford@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – In the heart of the River Arts District, at least one slice of property is staying in the hands of artists. At 140 Roberts St., a property that’s belonged to the Asheville Glass Center owners since 2014, a small, 750-square-foot bar is slated to open later this summer or early fall. […]

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The Tennessee River: Past, Present, and Future

by RayTerry The river that shaped Chattanooga has a long and fascinating history “I was born across the river in the mountains where I call home. Lord, times were good there. don’t know why I ever roamed. Oh, Tennessee River and a mountain man, we get together anytime we can. Oh, Tennessee River and a mountain […]

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WLOS: New access point coming to French Broad in Henderson County

WLOS, By Kelly Doty  HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — Work is underway to turn a lot off of US 64 in Horseshoe into a public river access point. That will make two put-ins along the French Broad River in Henderson County. The other is in Fletcher’s Westfeldt Park. Read the rest and see the video on […]

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Henderson County gets a new outfitter: Lazy River Outfitters to offer French Broad floats

From the Hendersonville Lightning, by Bill Moss. HORSE SHOE — Matt Evans thinks river tourism is on the rise in Henderson County. By summertime he will have the only Henderson County-based canoe and kayaking business to take advantage of it. The Zoning Board of Adjustment last month authorized a special-use permit to Evans and his wife, […]

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CPP: Bill would gag health officials about contaminated wells

From our friends at the Carolina Public Press, written by Ted Strong. RALEIGH — A bill before the General Assembly would prevent state health officials from warning homeowners not to drink their well water unless the contaminants in the water violated specific state or federal standards. Earlier this year, the state rescinded hundreds of well-water warnings […]

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Small mouth bass facts …

The French Broad River is a world-class smallmouth fishery. Learn more about these popular fish. Extremely young smallmouth bass under 2 inches are known as “fry” and feed primarily on microcrustaceans and insect larvae. A bass’ average lifespan is about 10-12 years. Female smallmouth bass are usually larger than male smallmouth bass of the same […]

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Opinion: NC water quality demotion reeks of political pollution

From the Editorial Board of the Raleigh News & Observer.  Steve Tedder, with nearly 40 years of experience with the state in what’s now called the Department of Environmental Quality, is out as the leader of the Environmental Management Commission’s Water Quality Committee. The reason is simple: Tedder dared to question the decision of Gov. […]

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Come mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 flood with a special pair of programs

  July 15 Flood Symposium and July 16 Commemoration of the Great Flood at AB Tech A century ago, Western North Carolina experienced possibly the worst natural disaster the region has ever seen. July 15, 1916 was a day of extraordinary rain; one location along the Blue Ridge Parkway received 22 The Butler Bridge over […]

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Join us as we honor a special lady …

  Wilma Dykeman Birthday celebration scheduled Join RiverLink, The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the City of Asheville as they celebrate Wilma Dykeman’s birthday on Friday, May 20, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Jean Webb Park (map) in the River Arts District. There will be performances and speeches by DeWayne Barton, Lauren Fortuna, and […]

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RiverLink Education News

Education Notes from Laura French Broad River Camp RiverLink’s French Broad River Camp is just around the corner! Get the next generation of watershed stewards active and engaged this summer with a week of outdoor fun! Our camp mission is “to educate and empower the next generation of watershed stewards” by actively getting the campers […]

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Join RiverLink for “Tax Talk for Artists” on May 24

  Hannah Cole Artists will benefit from our May 24 Tax Talk for Artists Join us at the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District (map) for a tax talk for artists on May 24 from 10 a.m. — noon. Hannah Cole will answer questions such as: What can I deduct? […]

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From The Tennessean: Tennessee must address persistent litter problem

Guest commentary from Tamara Marshall Whiting. This could just as easily have been written about North Carolina. Picture this: An unkempt, dirty man in a sleeveless T-shirt speeding down a highway in an old, beat-up convertible. As he drives, he begins discarding all the trash in his car: fast-food containers, bags, soda cups, aluminum cans, you name it. It all […]

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XPress Beer Scout: Beer is flowing at New Belgium’s Liquid Center

By Scott Douglas New Belgium Brewing Co. marked a milestone on Monday, May 2, when, after years of anticipation, the public was finally welcomed to its newly completed Liquid Center tasting room. It’s been about three years since the Colorado brewery began deconstructing the old Asheville Stockyards to make way for a new production facility […]

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Cinder block Carrier Park building to get $274,000 overhaul

By Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – The main building serving the city’s most popular park is set to undergo a $274,108 overhaul. The squat cinder-block structure that sits near Asheville’s velodrome in Carrier Park is in poor shape and has “conditions that constitute code violations,” according to an April 26 report submitted by Pete Wall, city landscape […]

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Wedge Brewing opens a second RAD location

By the AC-T’s Beer Guy, Tony Kiss. Wedge Brewing will make a major expansion by adding a second brewery location in a former tannery building in Asheville’s River Arts District. The new brewery will include both a seven-barrel brew house and indoor and outdoor seating and will let Wedge double its brewing production, owner Tim Schaller […]

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RiverMusic volunteering is fun and rewarding! Please take a shift

RiverLink Events May 6, 2016 RiverMusic The first RiverMusic of 2016 is Friday, May 6, with headliners The Greyhounds, and Les Amis and Major and the Monbacks as openers. It’s a night of high-energy world/soul/funk goodness.  RiverMusic takes place at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District (map). As always, our RiverMusic volunteers rocked […]

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AC-T Beer Guy: New Belgium opens tasting room Monday

By Tony Kiss, the AC-T Beer Guy. New Belgium Brewing plans to open its Liquid Center tasting room to the public Monday, bringing the brewery project almost to completion. The Liquid Center at 21 Craven St. in West Asheville will have  24 taps of New Belgium brews. Most of those beers will be made initially at […]

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AP: Tennessee institute works to save ‘underwater rainforest’

By TRAVIS LOLLER CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Hundreds of freshwater fish, mussels, crawfish and salamanders – many of them found nowhere else in the world – make their home in the U.S. Southeast. In one waterway alone, Tennessee’s Duck River, there are more fish species than in all of Europe. But the species that creep, […]

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BMT News Reminder: Museum offers exclusive tour of Asheville Watershed this Saturday

By Melanie English, Special to The Black Mountain News On a balmy March day in 1903, the North Fork Reservoir’s freshly-appointed warden, Will Burnett, turned a brand-new cast iron valve to emit the first trickle of drinking water for Asheville, located more than 20 miles away. This water, some of the purest in America, would soon […]

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Smoky Mountain News: TVA calls for removal of all houseboats

Written by  Jessi Stone The Tennessee Valley Authority has proposed doing away with more than 1,800 houseboats that occupy various lakes under its jurisdiction. If the TVA Board of Directors chooses to accept the staff’s proposal, owners of all the houseboats will be responsible for removing their property from the lake within the next 20 […]

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AC-T: Arboretum to unveil ‘landscape architecture’ sculpture

By Hayley Benton, hbenton@citizen-times.com Sculptor Zenos Frudakis molds wet clay underneath his hands, carving out a wrinkle, a fingernail, the wave of a windswept curl. As he works, he learns about the man beneath the clay, listening to audiobooks of the figure’s biography — even inviting the biographer himself into his studio to discuss historic context. He […]

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AC-T: Not just New Belgium: Riverside industry employs hundreds

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@citizen-times.com. Google Maps, the indifferent data trove, sees streetscapes with an objectivity locals cannot. In Asheville, look for the River Arts Distrtict, and find instead a label that reads Riverside Industrial. Attribute the incongruity between Google Maps and common parlance to outdated maps and the inadequacies of the Internet. But this label has […]

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Mountain Xpress: George Masa and the birth of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

By Max Hunt. In 2014, more than 10 million people flocked to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reaffirming its place as the system’s most visited location. Yet how many of those visitors had ever heard of the diminutive but energetic Japanese immigrant whose remarkable photos and tireless exploration of the Smokies played a key role […]

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BMT News: Discover Black Mountain’s greenways

By Fred McCormick, fred@blackmountainnews.com On any given day, particularly spring through fall, you can find runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages traveling along the greenways of Black Mountain. And thanks to a program created by the town’s greenway commission, the public will have the opportunity to learn a lot more about the popular system of […]

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From the AGU blog: Post-wildfire erosion can be major sculptor of forested mountains

By Mari N. Jensen, a senior science writer and public information officer at the University of Arizona. Erosion after severe wildfires can be the dominant force shaping forested mountainous landscapes of the U.S. Intermountain West, new research suggests. The study is the first to assess the impact of wildfires on such landscapes by combining several different […]

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The universal allure of Water: DuPont State Forest feels growing pains

BREVARD – Aleen Steinberg loves DuPont State Recreational Forest, possibly more than anyone. She has been a champion of the forest since the “Friends of the Falls” days in the 1990s when local residents fought to keep the stunning waterfalls open to the public and free from development. Now a member of the group that has […]

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Mountain Xpress: RiverLink celebrates Earth Day with free festival April 23

Press release: RiverLink hosts Earth Day kids’ Festival Asheville, NC – On Saturday, April 23, RiverLink will celebrate Earth Day by hosting a festival for kids and families sponsored by FLS Energy and the Eco-Depot Marketplace. The event will go from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at RiverLink’s Sculpture Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District […]

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Did you know there’s a French Broad River Pullman railroad car?

There is, and it’s undergoing a restoration in Corbin, Kentucky. We need to bring it to WNC! Here’s a report from the News-Journal of Corbin. The first steps in returning Corbin’s rolling railroad stock back to pristine condition will begin Saturday. Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel, who led the effort to bring the L&N 2132 steam […]

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AC-T: Whitewater park, river access to be discussed

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com Residents and river runners will get to learn more about a proposed downtown whitewater park on the French Broad River. Members of the Whitewater Park community group, which has funded a feasibility study for the park, will answer questions April 21, at the City of Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment Office’s monthly open house. In addition to the […]

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AC-T: Give input on Bent Creek Greenway

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@gannett.com Buncombe Greenways is nearing the end of its public comment period for the section of greenway that could one day connect the Asheville Outlets, the WNC Farmers Market and the current French Broad River Greenway (which spans between Hominy Creek Park and Carrier Park). This section of greenway would generally follow N.C. […]

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Charlotte Observer: City of Mount Holly looks toward a new surge of energy

BY JOE DEPRIEST,  Observer Correspondent Two years ago, when Jeff Lee and his wife, Tricia, looked for a spot to locate their hand-painted furniture business, they picked downtown Mount Holly, right across the Catawba River from Charlotte.Vintage Nest opened in a 1928 building that most recently had been a drugstore and decades ago a movie theater. […]

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Mountain X: Swannanoa Valley Museum offers exclusive tours into Asheville watershed April 30

By Max Hunt Museum Offers Exclusive Tour of the Asheville Watershed On a balmy March day in 1903, the North Fork Reservoir’s freshly-appointed warden,Will Burnett, turned a brand-new cast iron valve to emit the first trickle of drinking water for Asheville, located over twenty miles away. This water — some of the purest in America […]

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NatGeo: Climate Change Poses Existential Water Risks

Posted by Sandra Postel of National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative in Water Currents We often hear it said that climate change is too abstract to win the support needed to effectively combat it. But the primary way we will experience climate change is through the water cycle – through droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out […]

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RiverCamp registration is now open!

French Broad RiverCamp gives your youngster a learning experience while they’re having a great time. Click here to learn more!    

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WLOS: Public invited to weigh in on RAD rezoning plan

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The public is being asked to weigh in on a new zoning plan for the River Arts District. It will outline rules and restrictions for the future of development and design in the area. City leaders are asking for feedback on the draft of the form-based code the city released. […]

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Mountain X: RiverLink celebrates Earth Day with free festival April 23

Press release: RiverLink hosts Earth Day kids’ Festival Asheville, NC – On Saturday, April 23, RiverLink will celebrate Earth Day by hosting a festival for kids and families sponsored by FLS Energy and the Eco-Depot Marketplace. The event will go from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at RiverLink’s Sculpture Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District […]

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Local student wins honors at state science fair with U.S. Forest Service partner project

Press release from U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station: A project between a local student and researchers with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) was the winner of the Environmental Protection Agency Award for Promoting Sustainability at the 2016 North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair on April 1, 2 in Raleigh, N.C. William […]

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AC-T: Asheville’s RiverLink now accredited as a land trust

From a press release we sent out. ASHEVILLE – RiverLink, a regional nonprofit working to revitalize the French Broad River Watershed, on Thursday announced it had achieved accreditation in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the accreditation, signifying its confidence that RiverLink lands will be protected indefinitely. Accredited land trusts across the country have permanently […]

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N.C.’s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?

Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration’s waffling over what constitutes dangerous levels of health-damaging contaminants found in their water. A contaminant of particular concern is hexavalent chromium, which has been linked to cancer when ingested in […]

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Shelby Star: New Shelby trail seeing activity

By Joyce Orlando, jorlando@shelbystar.com SHELBY – The new trail system off West Grover Street in Shelby is still under construction but is already seeing activity and use by the community. The trail system starts on West Grover Street – about one quarter of a mile west of the Public Works Station – and stretches below Ingles […]

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AC-T Visiting our Past: Mill workers ca. 1900 share stories

By Rob Neufeld, Author of the Visiting Our Past feature of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a three-part story. Part one here. Part two here.  “Life in the mill was hard,” Joseph Michaels of Burke County told WPA interviewer John Abner in 1938. “The wage was low and a day […]

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A really interesting look at the Mississippi River Basin from The Nature Conservancy

In his memoir Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain described the Mississippi Valley as “reposeful as a dreamland, nothing worldly about it…nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon.” Unfortunately, this isn’t Mark Twain’s Mississippi anymore. The first-ever Report Card for the entire Mississippi River Basin was recently released by America’s Watershed Initiative with […]

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Bring the whole family out to our Earth Day Kids’ Festival!

On Saturday April 23rd RiverLink will celebrate Earth Day by hosting a festival for kids and families sponsored by FLS Energy and the Eco-Depot Marketplace. This event will go from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at RiverLink’s Sculpture Plaza at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.  This event is free to the public […]

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Sign up for Greenway Challenge 5K/10K

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@gannett.com Greenways are booming across Western North Carolina. These paved paths dedicated solely to pedestrians and cyclists, are being planned and built to connect neighborhoods, parks, shopping centers and tourist attractions across Asheville and Buncombe County. But greenways don’t come cheap. So be a part of the movement to help fund greenways at the […]

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State signs agreement to allow redevelopment of land for Asheville sports complex on Sand Hill Road

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – State officials have signed an agreement that will allow a company to safely transform a former industrial landfill into a large sports complex with greenways and ballfields in Asheville. Officials with the state environmental agency signed a brownfields agreement with Enka Partners LLC, […]

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Hendersonville Times-News: Couple hope to open paddle business in Horse Shoe

By Derek Lacey, Times-News Staff Writer Matt and Leslie Evans often passed by a business for sale in Horse Shoe, situated along the French Broad River on Banner Farm Road, and thought it would make a good spot for someone to start a river business like ones the pair have visited across the region and even […]

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Outside Magazine: One of the The 28 Best Trips of 2016 is the FBR Paddle Trail

The beauty of traveling by canoe is that you can carry a lot of beer. There’s probably no better place in the country to test out this theory than the mild 45-mile stretch of the French Broad that flows past the Southern outposts of three of America’s most cherished craft breweries. Put in at Oskar […]

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RiverLink board names interim co-director

The RiverLink Board of Directors has named Jim Stokely, President of the non-profit Wilma Dykeman Legacy, as RiverLink’s Interim co-director. Stokely will hold the post while Karen Cragnolin, who has served as executive director with the organization for 30 years, recovers from complications from surgery. “I’m delighted that Jim Stokely has agreed to be our […]

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Mountain Xpress: Buncombe County holds public input session for possible Bent Creek Greenway

by Megan Archer When they’re ready to hit the trails, many Asheville cyclists load their bikes on roof racks and drive out to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, which encompasses almost 6,000 acres of the Pisgah National Forest and boasts nearly 30 miles of biking tracks. It’s a nice enough car ride. The route passes near the French Broad River, the […]

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AC-T’s Visiting Our Past: The cotton mill saved and slaved, by various accounts

This is the second in a three-part series from the AC-T’s Rob Neufeld. “It is indeed the most important enterprise yet undertaken west of the Blue Ridge,” the Asheville “Semi-Weekly Citizen” proclaimed in February 1888 when Baltimore capitalist Moses Cone invested in C.E. Graham Cotton Mill in Asheville. It had been only one year since […]

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CofA Council Member Bothwell: The ‘Butwhatifs’ of the Beaucatcher Greenway

A guest commentary from the Asheville Citizen-Times. The Asheville City Parks and Recreation Department is geared up to proceed with development of the long-imagined “Beaucatcher Greenway.” The idea is truly splendid — a public path along the heights of Asheville’s premier mountain with city and Great Smoky Mountain views. Wow! But the proposed plan for […]

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WLOS: Greenway feasibility study asking for public input

WLOS — BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — The public got to weigh in on a new greenway project Thursday evening. That public meeting was at the WNC Farmers Market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Right now, Buncombe County Recreation Services employees and a consultant are examining the feasibility of a paved greenway that will […]

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Our 30-Year Anniversary Celebration continued on Feb. 19 with a discussion on conservation

On Feb. 19, RiverLink presented a Salon on conservation easements and RiverLink’s quest to become a land trust. The video is below:

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United Nations Environment Programme Press Release on Water Stress

Half the World to Face Severe Water Stress by 2030 unless Water Use is “Decoupled” from Economic Growth, Says International Resource Panel Demand for water set to outstrip supply by 40 per cent, highlighting urgent need to improve how humans use the precious resource. Paris/Nairobi, 21 March 2016 – Without altering current levels of water […]

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Three-city greenway connection envisioned

By Bill Moss, Published of the Hendersonville Lightning The Village of Flat Rock and the town of Laurel Park plan to work with the city of Hendersonville on a greenway plan that could connect the three municipalities. RELATED STORIES County takes tentative step toward greenway TDA support boosts trail momentum Asheville wins grant for road […]

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AC-T Answer Man: AVL water lead free?

By John Boyle, jboyle@citizen-times.com Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: We frequently hear about the aging water system infrastructure here in the Asheville area. In fact, the system dates back to the 1880s, and in many areas the pipes have not been updated or replaced. Does the city know how many miles […]

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AC-T: Recreational tourism a ‘driving force’ in WNC

By Todd Vinyard, Citizen-Times correspondent Cynthia and Bill Bashton of Mechanicsville, Va., are looking for activity along with relaxation when they visit their daughter and son-in-law in Western North Carolina. “We visit Asheville, at least, three to four times a year,” Cynthia said. “We like to kayak, hike and mountain bike along with renting vacation […]

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Tuesday, March 22, is World Water Day

The theme this year is water and jobs. World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.[1] This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and […]

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Celebrating 113 years of National Wildlife Refuges

Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! President Theodore Roosevelt created the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903, at Pelican Island, Florida, to protect brown pelicans and other birds from extinction through plume hunting. After 113 years, the Refuge System now includes more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts covering over 150 million […]

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WLOS: Planners ask for public input on RAD rezoning plan

City officials have released a new zoning plan for Asheville’s River Arts District. The draft form-based zoning code is an outline of rules and restrictions aimed at shaping future development and design in the area. “The main goal of a form-based code is to look at how do the buildings relate to the street. So […]

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AC-T’s Visiting Our Past: Mmm, that’s good Dula water, one might say

By Rob Neufeld, Visiting Our Past Today, when a person buying a house considers location, it’s the upkeep of the neighborhood and a pretty view that’s in his or her mind, or maybe the proximity of a park or golf course. But in the days before public works, what mattered most was water — water for […]

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CPP: State reverses, says contaminated wells OK

Written by Frank Taylor of the Carolina Public Press. Pardon hundreds of residents across North Carolina if they’re confused about whether to drink from their wells after the state reversed course on that question Tuesday. The North Carolina Division of Public Health had told owners of some 380 wells not to drink water due to elevated […]

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The RiverMusic 2016 is here and it kicks!

RiverLink’s RiverMusic moves into its fifth big year in 2016. As always, there will be live music from local and national acts, local beer and foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River. RiverFest, when the zany “yachts” in the Anything That Floats Parade takes to the water, […]

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Carolina Public Press: Bond could boost WNC parks, conservation

Written by Kirk Ross With an up or down vote Tuesday on a $2 billion state bond package, conservation groups have been encouraging members to get out in support, citing a number of projects slated for the western region. The bond package is a mix of capital spending for universities and community colleges, agricultural research, […]

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Meeting on Thursday: Public input greenway feasibility study for sections of the Bent Creek Greenway Corridor

Press release from Buncombe County Recreation Services: ASHEVILLE — Buncombe County Recreation Services and HNTB (a consultant hired by Buncombe County Recreation Services) will host a drop-in public meeting regarding potential options and the overall feasibility for the possible addition of a greenway in the vicinity of Brevard Road.  The meeting will be held from […]

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Sign up now for a really fun volunteer opportunity — Get in Gear Fest 2016

Get in Gear Fest — March 19 The Outdoor Gear Builders group plans its first demo-day — Get In Gear Fest — on March 19 at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza (144 Riverside Drive, aka “The Home of RiverMusic”) Asheville’s River Arts District. Outdoor recreation is a big part of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay […]

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How Does Water Pollution Affect the Environment?

Alongside air pollution – which is the chief catalyst for global warming and climate change – water pollution has to be counted as the most serious damage being wrought on our planet. As our most precious resource, it is imperative that we take every care in safeguarding the water sources that we have and in […]

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AMAZING Facts About Water You Never Knew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqgY9qxhb0c

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CPP: Long dispute over Asheville water hinges on high court

The state’s highest court is set to weigh in on the fate of Asheville’s drinking water. If the North Carolina Supreme Court rules against the city, it could mean the end of a three-year legal battle, with roots going back decades, and the takeover of the municipal water system by a regional authority. The court […]

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CofA Newsletter: Foundation Walls project provides space to Asheville’s street muralists

You could call it a ‘free wall’ area but there are rules While the City of Asheville has worked diligently over the past two years to deter graffiti, a new agreement with a River Arts District property owner takes a different approach by providing space for outdoor muralists, also known as graffiti artists. When Brent […]

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Getting around town: Franklin focuses on making town more walkable

By  Jessi Stone of the Smoky Mountain News Franklin has sidewalks, bike trails and a beautiful greenway to encourage residents and visitors to walk or bike around town, but those assets aren’t as valuable unless the town can find a better way to connect them. More than 50 Franklin residents gathered together last week at the […]

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Mountain Xpress: Forest for the trees? Residents seek answers on Beaucatcher Greenway

By Virginia Daffron There’s a paradox at the heart of the city’s plans for the new Beaucatcher Greenway, says property owner Lisa Bakale-Wise: An unknown number of trees will die as a result of the effort to preserve the urban forest. For nearly eight months, she says, she’s been asking Asheville officials how many trees […]

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Press release from the City of Asheville regarding greenway meetings

Greenways are beneficial to community members because they provide safe and fun ways for everyone to get around town. The Asheville Greenway Committee and the City of Asheville will be hosting two drop-in style informational open houses for upcoming greenway projects. French Broad River West and Beaucatcher are the two longest pieces of the River […]

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Meeting: Public input greenway feasibility study for sections of the Bent Creek Greenway Corridor

Press release from Buncombe County Recreation Services: ASHEVILLE — Buncombe County Recreation Services and HNTB (a consultant hired by Buncombe County Recreation Services) will host a drop-in public meeting regarding potential options and the overall feasibility for the possible addition of a greenway in the vicinity of Brevard Road.  The meeting will be held from […]

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Transylvania Times: Cold Water Survival

Transylvania County is called the Land Of Waterfalls, which is a pretty good indicator that water plays an important part of our outdoor experiences. Most folks can see the dangers of fast moving currents or waterfalls. But as the days shorten and temperatures drop another danger that isn’t visible to the eye emerges. The same […]

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WLOS: Asheville man says water runoff comes from condos

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A man who lives in the Shiloh community says runoff from a condo development has severely damaged his backyard. “I’ve been out here thirty years,” Walter Robertson said, who’s a retired APD officer and Vietnam veteran. “This is the damage here,” he pointed. The man whose resume commands respect said […]

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Asheville water lawsuit arguments set for May 17

By the AC-T’s Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com MORGANTON – The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in the lawsuit over control of the Asheville water system in the Historic Burke County Courthouse here May 17. The court usually meets in Raleigh, but passage last year of a bill sponsored by Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, gave the court permission […]

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Sicklefin redhorse: A fish worth saving, and other rare species

Along the creeks and rivers of Western North Carolina, the Cherokee once had a particular way of capturing sicklefin redhorse. Large stone weirs — a V-shaped alignment of rocks and boulders — were placed in the water adjacent settlements. A trap at the apex helped ensnare the fish, known to them as junghitla — which […]

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National Geographic: Climate Change Poses Existential Water Risks

We often hear it said that climate change is too abstract to win the support needed to effectively combat it. But the primary way we will experience climate change is through the water cycle – through droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out soils, melting glaciers, loss of snowpack and overall shortages of water to […]

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AC-T: Website names Asheville a top choice for spring break

The website CheapTickets.com has named Asheville at top choice for spring break travel for “up-and-comers” looking for outdoors adventures. The website reported that Asheville is the No. 2 outdoors destination for spring break for this group of travelers, defined as adults ages 25-34. The cost of travel and accommodations was a primary factor in the […]

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Mountain Xpress Local read: The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

In her 2015 book The Rise of Asheville: An Exceptional History of Community Building, authorMarilyn Ball looks at an often-ignored historical period: the recent past. Set between the late 1970s and 2000, Ball’s book shines light on the stories of some of the people and businesses that served as catalysts for Asheville’s transformation from a dying downtown to a thriving tourist mecca. Ball […]

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AC-T: Plans advance for East Asheville greenway to soccer complex

By Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Plans for a greenway along the Swannanoa River are set to advance after a $37,000 donation to the city. Two nonprofit organizations, the Asheville Parks and Greenway Foundation and Friends of Connect Buncombe, are giving $37,000 to the city for a feasibility study on the East Asheville greenway. The money will be […]

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McDowell County: Authorities say littering a problem in rural spots

This is a problem everywhere, not just McDowell County. Report problem areas to your local sheriff’s department.  BY GINNY RHODES vrhodes@mcdowellnews.com Illegal dumping of household trash is a problem in McDowell County, deputies said on Monday. Public Information Assistant Richelle Bailey said Deputy Ronnie Harvey’s main job at the sheriff’s office is locating these illegal dump […]

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Become a RiverMusic Sponsor and Advertise to THOUSANDS!

 How would you like to get your brand in front of thousands of people over a six month period? RiverLink is excited to invite you to become a sponsor of RiverMusic 2016. Becoming a RiverMusic sponsor really has its perks! Depending on which level you choose, for six months your company logo will be displayed […]

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Video: The Last Dragons – Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders

An intimate glimpse at North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality…. and in many waters, myths are all that remain of these sentinel stream-dwellers.

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RiverLink’s Dave Russell on WLOS re: Bus Tours

Video: http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/RiverLink-Tours-Linking-Asheville-39-s-Past-Present-Future-253486.shtml#.VsZAmPkrKUl ASHEVILLE, NC — The local non-profit, RiverLink, works to revitalize areas surrounding the French Broad River. News 13’s Lauren Brigman gives us a glimpse of Asheville history by taking viewers on a special tour on News 13 This Morning. With Dave Russell, Director of Volunteer Services for RiverLink, serving as the guide; our news […]

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The Sturgeon Makes a Decades-Long Comeback in the Tennessee River System

In Small Planet by Patrice Cole of the Knoxville Mercury They’re big, they’re ancient, they’re tasty, and they’re coming back after decades of extinction in this part of the world. Lake sturgeon, known in Latin as Acipenser fulvescens, is called a “living fossil” because it has changed little since swimming with the dinosaurs 140 million years ago, making it the […]

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Sylva Herald: Rising Tuckaseigee River took Jackson Co. Emergency Services by surprise

By Quintin Ellison In the wake of the December floods, Jackson County Emergency Management has updated addresses, phone numbers and map information for 16 families living along N.C. 107 near the Tuckaseigee River. Additionally, laminated maps pinpointing the location of residents’ homes along the entirety of the West Fork are now in first responders’ hands, […]

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AC-T Editorial: Too long in coming, but closure to CTS saga at hand

Neighbors of CTS finally are going to get the cleanup they deserve, a quarter-century after contamination first was detected. CTS Corp. and a predecessor performed electroplating at facility on Mills Gap Road from 1952 to 1986. Contamination was first noticed in 1990 but pretty much discounted then. It wasn’t until 1999 that neighbors became aware […]

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NYT: The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS of the New York Times.  Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is […]

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Email from CofA Transportation Planner Barb Mee — meeting tomorrow!

From: Barb Mee Subject: Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meets Thursday, 2/18 A reminder that the next Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is this Thursday, February 18th, at 5:30 pm in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room, room 402 of the Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza, downtown.  If it feels like it is […]

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NYT editorial: Fixing Our Broken Water Systems

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD of the New York Times. FEBRUARY 13, 2016 Underneath America’s streets lies a network of pipes that is supposed to bring clean water into homes, schools and businesses. But the news of lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., and the emergence of similar problems in Sebring, Ohio, and other cities have revealed a shocking truth: Some of […]

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Sign up now to volunteer at a really fun event — Get in Gear Fest 2016

Get in Gear Fest — March 19 The Outdoor Gear Builders group plans its first demo-day — Get In Gear Fest — on March 19 at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza (144 Riverside Drive, aka “The Home of RiverMusic”) Asheville’s River Arts District. Outdoor recreation is a big part of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay […]

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AC-T: CTS Superfund cleanup plans set

By Tonya Maxwell, tmaxwell@citizen-times.com Three acres left polluted by a carcinogenic chemical for decades will be cleaned up using two methods, according a decision issued Thursday by federal environmental officials. Once implemented, the $9 million cleanup near a south Asheville neighborhood is expected to address the source of trichloroethylene, better known as TCE, which is leeching from the […]

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AC-T: NC state parks hit record attendance

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com SAPPHIRE – North Carolina’s state parks have hit an all-time high on the popularity meter, and leading the charge is the until-now, nearly-hidden and unassuming Gorges State Park in Transylvania County. The 7,500-acre park on the South Carolina border, riddled with waterfalls, sheer rock walls, flora galore and endless opportunities for hiking, […]

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Greenway plans: W. Asheville, Sierra Nevada, farmers market

By Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-times.com, of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Plans for greenways are advancing along a West Asheville stream, near a major brewery and to the WNC Farmers Market. Asheville and Buncombe County government in recent weeks helped move forward three planned paths for pedestrians and cyclists: the Hominy Creek Greenway, one near the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills […]

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New Belgium pushes back opening of North Carolina taproom

By Joshua Lindenstein of BizWest FORT COLLINS — New Belgium Brewing Co. will be serving up brewery-fresh beer to locals in Asheville, N.C., soon. But construction delays, due primarily to a tough winter, have caused New Belgium to push back the anticipated opening of the Liquid Center taproom at the company’s new North Carolina brewery by a […]

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February 3, 1881: French Broad Steamboat Is Chartered

From the Independent Tribune of Cabarrus County, NC On February 3, 1881, entrepreneurs chartered the French Broad Steamboat Company, with the objective of ferrying passengers and freight along the river from Asheville to Horse Shoe to Brevard. Six months later, they christened the frame, 90-foot-long, two-deck excursion boat the Mountain Lily. Like its eastern North Carolina counterpart, the […]

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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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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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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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Natural Resources Defense Council: Water pollution facts

Clean and plentiful water provides the foundation for prosperous communities. We rely on clean water to survive, yet right now we are heading towards a water crisis. Changing climate patterns are threatening lakes and rivers, and key sources that we tap for drinking water are being overdrawn or tainted with pollution. NRDC experts are helping to secure […]

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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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Nature.com: Coastal wetlands can have a crucial role in the fight against climate change

Over the past decade, scientists and policymakers have joined efforts to create a science-based framework under the auspices of the United Nations to protect our remaining tropical forests. These carbon-rich ecosystems help to moderate the climate and serve as a treasure trove of biodiversity and a resource for local and indigenous peoples. Governments across the […]

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Invasive “Didymo” found in WNC waters

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com WHITTIER – A slithery, mucous-like algae known as “rock snot” is the latest in a long line of invasive species haranguing Western North Carolina’s famous trout waters. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is advising anglers to use extra caution when cleaning their equipment to prevent the spread of didymo (short for Didymosphenia […]

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Mountain Xpress reports on BC Commissioners comments on greenways

The following is an excerpt from this article by  Hayley Benton of the Mountain Xpress. Moving along with greenways “It’s a pretty bad day to talk to you all about greenway systems,” joked Joshua O’Conner, manager of Buncombe County Recreation Services, on the icy Tuesday morning. The ultimate goal is to connect the greenways, creating both a transportation system and […]

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Spruce Pine: Stream restoration part of trail project

by David Purtell of the Mitchell County News-Journal.   Progress is being made on the Spruce Pine Greenway with work on phase two of the project expected to begin in late spring. Once completed, plans call for the outdoor trail to run from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Riverside Park. The trail will follow a portion of […]

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Washington Post: By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says

By Sarah Kaplan There is a lot of plastic in the world’s oceans. It coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large swaths of the Pacific. It washes up on urban beaches and remote islands, tossed about in the waves and transported across incredible distances before arriving, unwanted, back on land. It has wound up in the stomachs of more […]

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Carolina Public Press: Forest process could protect more WNC rivers

Written by Jack Igelman Submarine, a rapid on the North Fork of the French Broad River in Transylvania County, forms as water flowing from the high peaks of the Balsam Range gushes between two giant boulders to create a sluice, then plunges 10 feet into a churning pool. “What’s unique about this river is that it […]

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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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RiverLink’s Salon Series continues with an event on flooding

Join us on February 5th, 2016 for our RiverLink Salon Series on Flood Preparation, Safety, and History. Presentation will include information from our AmeriCorps members on flood and disaster preparedness training and special guest speaker Sharon Fahrer, Owner of History At Hand, on the 1916 Asheville flood. Equip yourself with the knowledge for you and your family or business when a disaster strikes. The event will take place […]

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RiverLink’s Salon Series continues with an event on flooding

Join us on February 5th, 2016 for our RiverLink Salon Series on Flood Preparation, Safety, and History. Presentation will include information from our AmeriCorps members on flood and disaster preparedness training and special guest speaker Sharon Fahrer, Owner of History At Hand, on the 1916 Asheville flood. Equip yourself with the knowledge for you and your family or business when a disaster strikes. The event will take place […]

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Future Salons will focus on all things RiverLink

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 […]

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Volunteers are blazing new trails at Iredell parks

By Nina Mastandrea nmastandrea@statesville.com When most people would be riding the trails on a warm, sunny Saturday in January, Wes Davidson and his crew of volunteers are building them. The fruits of the labor will be Bigleaf Slopes Park on Twin Oaks Road, which will include six miles of trail designed for mountain biking, said Davidson, who […]

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AC-T: Love for Ecusta Trail continues to grow

ASHEVILLE — The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club is getting into the trail building business. Recently, Western North Carolina’s largest cycling club announced that they have reserved $10,000 for the proposed Ecusta Trail, a proposed “rail trail” between Hendersonville and Brevard. The proposed trail is a 19-mile multi-use hike and bike greenway along the railroad corridor that […]

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Smoky Mountain Adventure Center opens in RAD

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Some eight years in the making, Smoky Mountain Adventure Center will celebrate its grand opening in the River Arts District on Saturday and Sunday. Owner Stuart Cowles said it is exactly 22 years since he opened the original Climbmax Climbing Center downtown. “The Adventure Center will be the region’s ‘one-stop’ destination […]

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Press Release: Sale of Prominent RAD Building

Phil Mechanic Building at 109 Roberts St sold On Friday, January 22, the Phil Mechanic Building changed hands. The longtime owners, Mitch and Jolene Mechanic sold the building to James Lifshutz, a real estate investor and developer from San Antonio, Texas. Lifshutz is no stranger to urban infill development with an arts-twist. He developed the […]

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NYT: 2015 Was Hottest Year in Recorded History, Scientists Say

By JUSTIN GILLIS of the New York Times. Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history by far, breaking a record set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. In the contiguous United States, the […]

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Obama vetoes legislation scrapping smaller stream regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vetoed on Tuesday legislation that would have nullified a federal rule designed to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution. In his veto message, Obama defended the rule. He said pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes and coastal waters near where most Americans live. […]

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Cary, NC: A Day at the Higgins Greenway

By David Lindquist of the Cary Citizen Cary, NC — Lovers of outdoor exercise, and birdwatchers especially, have many options to enjoy among Cary’s greenway system. Most of these trails are located in western and southern sections of Cary, but there is one very special greenway that’s found inside the Maynard Loop and is not […]

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AC-T letter to the editor: Thrilled to see resurgence of the French Broad

As a kid growing up in West Asheville during 60’s and 70’s, I witnessed raw sewage piped into creeks on State Street that flowed into the French Broad at Amboy. There were other creeks. The French Broad as I remember was nasty, full of old cars and stuff no one wanted, dead this and that. […]

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Join us January 29 for an afternoon salon on RiverLink’s beginnings

  Rescheduled: Now Join RiverLink Friday, January 29, for a Salon on  RiverLink’s beginnings and how the  River Renaissance began   Due to the probability of inclement weather, our January 22 event is now on for Friday, January 29.  Join us at the RiverLink office (170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District) on Friday, […]

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Bicycle safety law changes proposed by NCDOT

By Terri Flagg – tflagg@civitasmedia.com, of the Mt. Airy News Defensive cycling proponents in the state fear that some of the recently proposed law changes aimed at improving traffic safety may have the opposite effect if enacted. And at least one local cyclist also questions some of the proposals. The N.C. Department of Transportation submitted a […]

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Transylvania Times — Brevard Warning Residents About Flooding

The City of Brevard is warning residents to be careful of flooding after a wet fall and early winter have raised water levels in the area. According to a press release sent out by city Planning and Zoning Director Daniel Cobb, Transylvania County and the City of Brevard are susceptible to flooding because the headwaters of most of the waterways in Brevard (The French […]

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Officials: County is obligated to turn farmland into park

By Derek Lacey Times-News Staff Writer Henderson County’s plans to convert 28 acres of farmland in Fletcher to a park have ruffled feathers in the agricultural community and among Mills River Town Council members, one of whom is currently leasing the property. But county officials contend the plans are needed to fulfill a legal obligation. The town’s […]

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The never-ending saga continues: State accelerates I-26 Connector work, I-40 exit

By the AC-T’s Mark Barrett ASHEVILLE – State government has moved up the initial construction date for part of the I-26 Connector by a year and says it will speed up work to build a new Interstate 40 interchange in Black Mountain. The state Board of Transportation on Thursday also added projects to add bicycle […]

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AC-T: Crowell Farms cited for Hominy Creek pollution

A farm has been cited by the state for water quality violations related to discharge of pollutants into Hominy Creek. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources cited Crowell Farms in a Dec. 30 letter on violations of discharge without a valid permit, water quality standards and permit conditions. Water quality monitoring of the Hominy Creek site found high levels […]

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Times-News: Mills River council, ag committee speak out against proposed Fletcher park

By Derek Lacey Times-News Staff Writer Mills River Town Council Thursday stopped just short of passing an official resolution against the county’s plan to turn 28 acres of agriculture land in Fletcher into a county park. Instead, the council asked town staff to start drafting a resolution against the park and to contact county and Fletcher […]

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Carolina Public Press: WNC on receiving end as state conservation spending rebounds

Written by Kirk Ross on January 8, 2016 in Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Environment, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Politics, Polk, Region, Rutherford, Special Reports, State Budget Impact, Swain, Top News, Topics, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey Western North Carolina is starting to see the effects of a rebound in funding for the state’s […]

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Artists recall stockyards pre-brewery

By Emily Patrick of the AC-T When Ken Abbott began photographing Asheville’s stockyards on Craven Street in the mid-2000s, he didn’t know how relevant the crumbling property would become. In 2012, New Belgium bought the site and promised a sleek modern facility, complete with greenways and a tasting room. The corrugated tin buildings, the livestock […]

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RiverMusic 2016 is going to be bigger and better than ever!

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 fifth year in 2016 to bring Asheville a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River […]

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The AC-T’s Visiting Our Past: Earliest WNC dams built by Alcoa

By Rob Neufeld Did you hear? About a dozen engineers are setting up camp near the Beecher Schoolhouse, where the Nantahala spills into the gorge Alcoa has formed a new company, Nantahala Power and Light, to buy up land and build a dam on Queen’s Creek, near the top of the Winding Stairway. They’ll put […]

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Join us for the Jan. 21 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. 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 […]

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AC-T’s John Boyle: Potential New Belgium sale worth fretting over?

ASHEVILLE – The timing seemed odd. In late December, word leaked that New Belgium Brewing is considering selling, just as the company is on the cusp of opening its gleaming, $140 million brewery on the French Broad River. The news about the Colorado-based craft brewer’s status struck some as peculiar and others as alarming. But […]

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The AC-T recognizes RiverLink in “Mountain Causes: Trash and treasure on the French Broad”

Volunteers with RiverLink preserve one of Asheville’s favorite spots ASHEVILLE – The French Broad River means a lot of things to a lot of people. There are those like me who look forward to basking in the sun, floating in an inner tube with a cocktail in hand. The more athletic river rats kayak and […]

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From the AC-T’s Nature Journal: Time for the great blue herons’ dances

By George Ellison Great blue herons are always eye-catching, especially here in the mountains where they’re relatively uncommon. In part, of course, they stand out because of their size: 4 feet in height with a wingspread of 7 feet. That’s a big bird. Great blues are the Ichabod Cranes of the bird world. Despite their […]

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Hendersonville Lightning: Floodwaters damage Mills River boat launch

By Bill Moss, Published: January 4, 2016 MILLS RIVER — Three days of downpours last week heavily damaged Mills River’s new boat launch at the town park. “We emptied 10 inches of rain out of our rain gauge,” Town Manager Jeff Wells told the Town Council on Monday morning during a meeting called to authorize economic […]

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NatGeo: Climate Change Poses Existential Water Risks

By Sandra Postel of National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative We often hear it said that climate change is too abstract to win the support needed to effectively combat it. But the primary way we will experience climate change is through the water cycle – through droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out soils, melting glaciers, loss of snowpack […]

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Cary, NC: A Day at the White Oak Creek Greenway

Story by: David Lindquist of The Cary Citizen. For many years, if nature enthusiasts like me wanted to learn more about the plants and animals in Cary, the only place to find professional education about that wildlife was the beautiful Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Then, I discovered the White Oak Creek Greenway. With seven other nature enthusiasts, I […]

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Hendersonville Times-News: Partnership works for Mills River

By Derek Lacey, Times-News Staff Writer While relatively small as it snakes out of the Pisgah National Forest in northern Henderson County, Mills River has quite the impressive resume — supplying drinking water for tens of thousands, being a recreational hub for fly anglers and hikers, irrigating a fertile farmland and sustaining a vibrant habitat. The river’s […]

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AC-T: $17M greenway building boom planned for Asheville

AC-T reporter Joel Burgess has been doing a good job covering greenway development in the region. Here’s another installment. ASHEVILLE – On an unseasonably warm December Tuesday, one of the most popular places in the city was an 8-foot-wide path. A sunbather lay next to French Broad River, stripped down to shorts in the 65-degree heat. On paved paths around […]

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Happy New Year from all of us at RiverLink!!!

2015 was another great year of RiverLink accomplishments and 2016 looks to be even better. Here is an unofficial, incomplete, unedited list of what we got done in 2015. Stay tuned! The sky is the limit for RiverLink, the little non-profit that can and does! One of our big initiatives in 2015 was becoming an […]

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Make a resolution to take a RiverLink Bus Tour in 2016!

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. Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must.  REGISTER ONLINE  Tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers with RiverLink and witness their magic firsthand. This is an opportunity to see […]

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Here’s a good look at NC’s River Basins

River Basins Ten river basins drain about 11,459 square miles in Western North Carolina. The New River, in the northeast corner of the region, is thought to be one of the oldest in the world. The region’s river basins have some of the most outstanding and diverse aquatic systems within the state. However, the health […]

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Grant protects important Maggie Valley watershed

By Allison Olcsvay of The Mountaineer in Haywood County. Haywood County is the only county east of the Mississippi River with headwaters that originate within county lines. Protecting those headwaters is vital to ensuring that this county and those downstream continue to enjoy clean water for generations to come. Sheepback Mountain is one such vital […]

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Cherokees and rivers: Water a centerpiece of Cherokee culture

Written by  Holly Kays of The Smoky Mountain News. Just like Haywood County’s watershed, fed by springs that all have their start inside county borders, Cherokee mythology surrounding places in Haywood is all about beginnings. “All of the Cherokee myths and legends here in Haywood County are about origins,” Barbara Duncan, education director of the Museum of […]

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Alarming research finds humans are using up far more of Earth’s water than previously thought

Freshwater is one of the planet’s most precious resources — and as the global population grows and our demand for water rises, so does the need to carefully monitor its use and availability. Numerous studies have attempted to calculate the amount of freshwater humans consume globally from year to year. But in a worrying new study in […]

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Bubbling Merrily: Artesian Springs

By Matt Herod of GeoSphere I recorded the video above on a recent field camp near Deep River, Ontario. This video shows a great example of a flowing artesian spring which is bubbling up at the headwaters of a creek. The water is freezing, crystal clear and totally delicious! The classic textbook on groundwater, Freeze […]

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Interior Department Announces Initiative to Spur Innovation & Investments that Support Water, Conservation Solutions

At White House Roundtable on Water Innovation, Interior launches Natural Resource Investment Center to support water, species, and habitat conservation Contact: Jessica Kershaw, Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Department will establish a Natural Resource Investment Center to spur partnerships with the private sector to develop creative […]

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RiverLink Volunteer Opportunity

  Hello Watershed Education Volunteers! RiverLink is in need of volunteers for a great education program. On January 26th, 27th, and 28th, RiverLink will be coordinating a fun field trip and outdoor lab experience for 300 6th grade students from Enka Middle School. We will be needing approximately 5-10 volunteers per day to lead stations […]

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Consider a tax break and supporting RiverLink via the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2015

As the end of the year approaches so do some tax breaks for your IRA. Congress has extended the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2015. This legislation is expected to be signed by the president, meaning donors aged 70½ or older who move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified nonprofits (RiverLink qualifies!) will […]

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13-Year-Old Sues North Carolina, Asks Judge to Force State to Take Action on Climate Change

By Cole Mellino of EcoWatch. Many young people, such as 13-year-old Hallie Turner, are worried that their generation will have to deal with the most intense consequences of unchecked climate change. That’s why Turner, an eighth-grader in North Carolina, is one of a number of young people across the country who is suing her state over its failure to address climate […]

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Report: Great Barrier Reef water quality under threat without urgent funding

Queensland report calls for corporate and philanthropic funding to help cut water pollution as a bulwark against climate change Governments will need to move faster and find more money to meet “ambitious” targets of cutting pollution in Great Barrier Reef waters, a Queensland government taskforce has found. An interim report released on Monday by a […]

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From the AC-T’s Karen Chavez: Chimney Rock State Park grows

Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com CHIMNEY ROCK – Who says rocks can’t grow? Thanks to collaborative efforts among The Nature Conservancy, the state and private landowners in Hickory Nut Gorge southeast of Asheville, rocks are growing, or at least, growing into publicly held conservation land. That’s no small feat in a resort area that encompasses Lake Lure and Chimney […]

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From the AC-T: Arts on board — Can city political posts lead to power?

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@citizen-times.com There’s an unusual call for artists circulating in Asheville. It doesn’t originate from a gallery or a festival but from a government board. The Asheville Downtown Commission, which advises City Council on development and infrastructure, is seeking an arts professional to join its ranks. Since the cultural arts superintendent position was eliminated […]

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RiverLink Press Release: RiverLink Hosts Invasive Species Removal in City Park

Asheville, NC – On Friday December 4th RiverLink hosted a large scale removal of Porcelain Berry from Malvern Hills Park in West Asheville. RiverLink staff was joined by 13 volunteers from the Trails Academy, MountainTrue, and local high schools. These dedicated workers removed over 35 bags of Porcelain Berry in under 2 hours. Porcelain Berry […]

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USA Today in-depth: Pumped Dry — The Global Crisis Of Vanishing Groundwater

THE PROBLEM Much of the planet relies on groundwater. And in places around the world – from the United States to Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America – so much water is pumped from the ground that aquifers are being rapidly depleted and wells are going dry. Groundwater is disappearing beneath cornfields in […]

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Henderson County hopes to bring 28-acre nature preserve to Fletcher

By Derek Lacey, Times-News Staff Writer A low cornfield bordered on one side by the French Broad River and on another by Highway 280 in Fletcher could soon be revamped into a thriving natural ecosystem with indigenous plant species frequented by wildlife, giving county residents a quick outlet to relax and enjoy nature. Henderson County has […]

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Why Storing Water for the Future Means Looking Underground

By LAURA BLISS/@mslaurabliss of The Atlantic City Lab. Conventional dams and reservoirs work against nature. It’s time to work with it. Whatever the conclusion of COP21, adapting to climate change will only become more urgent, as its impacts become harsher. These impacts are, and will be, felt primarily through water: rising sea-levels, dwindling snowpack, droughts, […]

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Baltimore’s trash wheel may help Brazil prep for Olympics

By Shelley Orman of Fox Five News in Baltimore. BALTIMORE (WBFF) — It’s a familiar site in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and soon could make a splash internationally. The trash wheel is used to collect debris and litter from the Jones Falls. Similar creations could soon be used in Brazil. Trash and pollution in the country’s […]

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Smithsonian: Humans Are Draining Even More of Earth’s Freshwater Than We Thought

Ironically, building dams and irrigation systems may end up driving food and water shortages By Erin Blakemore, smithsonian.com December 3, 2015 Humans have been trying to wrangle Earth’s freshwater since the dawn of civilization. Case in point: the 3,000-year-old Sadd Al-Kafra embankment dam in Egypt. Things like dams and irrigation obviously affect local waterways, but it’s much […]

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Charlotte Observer: Learning to cope if the water goes away

BY BRUCE HENDERSON; bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com BELMONT  Tami and Alan Austin and their three sons moved into a handsome brick home last December. Their happiness lasted until April. A letter they received said the wells of their water provider, Aqua North Carolina, were contaminated and had been issued a don’t-drink advisory. The chemicals included hexavalent chromium, which can […]

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AC-T Answer Man: How long for water to get to Gulf?

By John Boyle of the Asheville Citizen-Times: Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: Assuming a given volume of water on the French Broad River passes through Asheville, how long on average does it take to get to the Gulf of Mexico? I’m assuming that some of the water evaporates or is […]

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This is important: Decision on how traffic should cross French Broad ahead

By AC-T reporter Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE — A decision next year on how to build a new highway over the French Broad River north of Bowen Bridge will cause dramatic changes to the area between downtown and residential neighborhoods in West Asheville no matter which choice the state makes. Alternatives being studied by the […]

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December 3, 1994: First RAD studio stroll

From the Asheville Citizen-Times’ “Today in Asheville History” feature: On Dec. 3, 1994, the first Studio Stroll took place in what is now the River Arts District. A one day event lasting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the first stroll included a mere 14 artists and three locations: Warehouse Studios, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, […]

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From our friends at the Carolina Public Press: Deep cuts savage state’s natural heritage program

Written by Jack Igelman on November 30, 2015 Conservation organizations hope the N.C. General Assembly restores funds cut from a public program they say is vital to safeguard the state’s natural resources. The N.C. Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) is tasked with gathering data about North Carolina’s rare and endangered plant and animal species. But since […]

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Tomorrow’s BRCC program asks, Asheville’s Great Flood of 1916: Can it happen again?

From the Asheville Citizen-Times. By Carol Rifkin, Citizen-Times correspondent. Cultural amnesia. That’s what David Weintraub calls the process of forgetting past events, the people involved and how it impacts us today. As executive director of the Center for Cultural Preservation, his next program, “Come Hell or High Water, Remembering the Flood of 1916,” will explore the […]

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Loads of info and an announcement from the CofA …

Barb Mee is the Transportation Planner for the City of Asheville. In addition to meeting reminders, she sends out these emails with a lot of information about local transportation issues. Click around, get involved and have some input!   This is a reminder that the next task force meeting will NOT be on Thanksgiving, but […]

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Water deal failure puts Polk County on hook to fix at-risk dam

From our  friends at the Carolina Public Press. COLUMBUS — The prospect of paying for costly repairs to an at-risk dam in Polk County played a key role in killing a water partnership with a South Carolina district last month. The collapse of that deal has left Polk officials on the hook for fixing the […]

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The FBR’s neighbor: Little Tennessee River Recognized for Native Fish Conservation

From the latest issue of the Southern Trout newsletter: Recognizing its incredible diversity of stream life and years of efforts to conserve that diversity, the Little Tennessee River basin has been designated the nation’s first Native Fish Conservation Area. “The Native Fish Conservation Area designation reflects an integrated and cooperative approach to stream conservation,” said […]

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Center for Cultural Preservation hosts forum examining legacy of 1916 flood

The Center for Cultural Preservation’s next program COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, REMEMBERING THE FLOOD OF 1916 on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. will explore the history of the area’s worst natural disaster nearly 100 years ago.  But what have we learned?  That flood led to hundreds of mudslides and landslides causing extensive damage and loss […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from our Staff and Board!

RiverLink has a lot to be thankful for. Our supporters from all over the world help us make great things possible and we’re very appreciative of the support. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season!

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SMT: Forest Service considers Wilderness Areas

The U.S. Forest Service is looking at the potential for designating significantly more Wilderness Areas—as much as 360,000+ acres—as part of its Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan revision. In Swain County, an area near Nantahala Lake is being considered. The area is already a study area in the Nantahala National Forest. The terrain […]

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9 N.C. turkey facts

Wild turkeys have been gobbling in North Carolina woodlands since long before the Pilgrims, and they’re still there today. With less than a week to go before Thanksgiving, let’s look at the holiday mascot’s Tar Heel ties. 1. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina farms raise 29 million domestic turkeys each year. That […]

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Green Friday! Zip to Plant Trees!

Avoid the chaos and long shopping lines on Black Friday and join Wildwater for the 5th Annual Green Friday at all our Zipline Canopy Tour locations.  We will donate 50% of all proceeds from our aerial adventures to some great organizations including RiverLink in Asheville, Trees Greenville in Upstate South Carolina, Walhalla Heritage Oaks, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee […]

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The Cliffs at Mountain Park Golf Course Recognized by Audubon for Environmental Excellence

The Cliffs at Mountain Park has earned a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” designation through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The Cliffs at Mountain Park is one of only 24 golf courses in South Carolina and 888 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. “The Cliffs at Mountain Park […]

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State bond issue ‘critical’ for N.C. Zoo

Passage of the Connect NC bond issue next March is critical to the N.C. Zoo and its continued accreditation. The $2 billion state bond issue contains $25 million earmarked for the zoo to replace the now-closed African Pavilion with a new Australasia exhibit complex. Plans are to provide an Australasia Tropical Forest Experience — featuring […]

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It’s Giving Season. Get a tax deduction and gifts for giving!

    Gifts for Giving During this season of giving and thanks, the RiverLink Staff and Board of Directors would like to thank all of our volunteers and donors for your continued support.  This past year with your support we have educated over 5000 students in the watershed, completed the Ross Creek Stormwater Improvement Project, […]

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AC-T: CTS Superfund site cleanup at crossroads

ASHEVILLE – Cleaning pollutants that have been threatening a South Asheville neighborhood is akin to killing a snake, a federal environmental engineer said in a public meeting last month. Its head must be lopped off to stop the source of the toxin. Craig Zeller, the Environmental Protection Agency’s project manager for CTS of Asheville, said […]

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It’s ugly: Polluting the world’s water – in pictures

From The Guardian, UK. From sewage and toxic waste to mining deposits and oil spills, the world’s rivers, lakes and oceans have never been dirtier or more dangerous. Sadly, there are more like this one at this link.

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HTN Editorial: Towns should detect, fix leaks

As a dry summer gave way to a soaking autumn, flooding rains have brought an uptick in reports of municipalities accidentally dumping untreated sewage into tributaries of the French Broad River. On Oct. 3, after more than a week of rain, Brevard’s wastewater system discharged 704,520 gallons of untreated waste from a facility on Neely […]

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Hendersonville Times-News: ‘Remembering the Flood of 1916’ set for December

The Center for Cultural Preservation’s next program in its Keeping the Fires Burning series is titled “Come Hell or High Water, Remembering the Flood of 1916” and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. The 1916 flood was the worst natural disaster to hit Western North Carolina in terms of lives lost, property destroyed […]

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Massive expansion of WNC wilderness possible

Written by Frank Taylor on November 10, 2015, posted on the website of our friends at the Carolina Public Press. FRANKLIN — Designated wilderness areas in the Pisgah and Nantahala National forests could increase by as much as 362,400 acres, placing more than a third of these federally owned lands off limits for many human activities. But that acreage […]

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NYT: New Canadian Government Allows Montreal Sewage-Dumping Plan

MONTREAL — Canada’s new environment minister on Monday approved Montreal’s plan to discharge 8 billion liters (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River. Liberal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said from Paris that she’s asking the city to implement several measures before dumping the waste water such as monitoring the discharge and […]

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Small “Swannanoa Creek” has a big role in WNC history

From Melanie English of The Black Mountain News Museum hike takes in grave of unknown Civil War soldier Trickling between Old Fort and Ridgecrest, Swannanoa Creek is a natural passageway into the Swannanoa Valley. Over the centuries, the storied tributary has led Cherokee traders, armies and stagecoaches into Western North Carolina. The Swannanoa Valley Museum will […]

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Join our Adopt-A-Stream or Greenway Program

Help Conserve the French Broad River watershed! One of the reason rivers are so amazing is that water is always traveling and eventually all water ends up in the same place- the ocean. But this means pollution in the water travels too. There is no way one group could tackle all of this trash. Many […]

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Connect Buncombe reveals greenways brand

From AC-T reporter and RiverLink friend Karen Chávez, kchavez@gannett.com ASHEVILLE – Welcome to the Buncombe Turnpike Trail Network. Not sure where that is? It’s right under your noses. The nonprofit Friends of Connect Buncombe debuted the first countywide trail and greenway brand Thursday night during a celebration at the DoubleTree by Hilton among local elected officials, […]

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Mountain X: Greenway in the sky: Beaucatcher park offers tantalizing prospect

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Virginia Daffron For nearly 100 years, the dream of a high-elevation park offering panoramic views over downtown has entranced yet eluded Asheville visionaries. The city’s first master plan, created by John Nolen and adopted in 1925, shows “Mountainside Park” stretching across the eastern slope of Beaucatcher Mountain in an […]

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Yorba Linda (CA) Water District punishes customers for conserving water

YORBA LINDA The average Yorba Linda Water District customer will see a $25 increase to their water bills starting Oct. 1. The district’s board approved the increase, which includes an additional 44 cent to the average sewer bill, Thursday night. Thousands of customers protested the increase in writing and in person, but the challenge did not […]

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Green Room: A colourful political statement about water

4 November, 2015 Water is the most important material for human life on earth, but humans have changed it significantly. In her new exhibit “Green Room,” Julie Wolfe applied organic and chemical processes to a range of water samples – from a creek in Washington DC to melted snow in New York City – to […]

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Creek in West Asheville gets a new moniker

As part of its “Name that Creek” program, the nonprofit river revitalization group RiverLink last year sought out community input to gather nominations and identify a preferred name for a name­less little creek in West Asheville. RiverLink’s Name that Creek program is a local, grassroots project in which the community submitted suggestions for creek names […]

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Blowing Rock Receives $171K Grant From State for Middle Fork Greenway Project

By Jesse Wood of HCPress.com. Gov. Pat McCrory recently announced more than $1.3 million in grants awarded for 19 water-resource projects, including two in Avery and Watauga counties. Watauga County was awarded $171,300 to help construct the Town of Blowing Rock construct nearly 2,000 feet of greenway along the New River as part of the […]

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Henderson County: Heavy rainfall means more untreated waste in Mud Creek

From Hendersonville Times-News staff reports Published: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 5:38 p.m. The city of Hendersonville’s Wastewater Collection System experienced a discharge of untreated wastewater from the collection system on Monday from a manhole on wastewater plant property at 99 Balfour Road due to excessive rainfall and flooding. The discharge released approximately 12,000 gallons, […]

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Henderson County takes tentative step toward greenway

By Bill Moss of the Hendersonville Lightning, Published: November 3, 2015 Treading cautiously toward a commitment for a greenway extension, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners directed the county staff to look at running a bike and pedestrian trail through Jackson Park. The board’s action was a small first step but a significant one. Jackson Park […]

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Green Friday! Zip to Plant Trees!

Avoid the chaos and long shopping lines on Black Friday and join Wildwater for the 5th Annual Green Friday at all our Zipline Canopy Tour locations.  We will donate 50% of all proceeds from our aerial adventures to some great organizations including RiverLink in Asheville, Trees Greenville in Upstate South Carolina, Walhalla Heritage Oaks, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee […]

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Tourism Product Development Fund committee announces funding recommendations for consideration by Tourism Authority

Press release from the Tourism Development Authority: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 21, 2015) — Six projects could receive nearly $3.9 million in funding from the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF), including $3.1 million for projects owned by the City of Asheville, following approval of recommendations made to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA). The TPDF committee […]

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The AC-T on Wilma Dykeman: The woman who saved the French Broad

By Dale Neal, dneal@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE — Wilma Dykeman wasn’t a woman to back down from a fight, not when it came to water. Publishing her first book, “The French Broad,” in 1955, Dykeman insisted that her New York publisher include a short but controversial chapter. Rhinehart had a steady cash cow in the “Rivers of America” series but […]

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WLOS: Almost 1,200 Dams Across NC Considered ‘High Hazard’

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — About 1,200 dams in North Carolina are considered to be a high hazard, meaning if they fail people could die. A News 13 review of hundreds of pages of dam inspections in the mountains found officials documented the same problems every year. They send letters to dam owners demanding fixes and […]

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From the AC-T: Artists to economists: Don’t count us out

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@gannett.com One hundred years ago, Wendy Whitson’s Depot Street building was filled with animal hides. The men who worked there conveyed the finished leather goods from the tannery to railcars that waited out back. It was a business. They bought hides. They sold leather for profit. Commerce was happening. There was no question about […]

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2 canoers rescued from French Broad by AOC staffers

From the AC-T’s Leah Buletti, lbuletti@citizen-times.com SKYLAND – Two people were rescued after their canoe capsized in the chilly French Broad River under the I-26 overpass Saturday afternoon. The two were in the water about 10 minutes after the call came in at 1:47 p.m., crews on the scene said. Good Samaritans from the Asheville Outdoor Center responded with […]

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Carolina Public Press video: Who owns WNC’s water

At its Newsmakers forum held on Oct. 22, 2015, Carolina Public Press held a panel discussion on the ownership and management of public and private drinking water systems in Western North Carolina. Panelists were Kim Colson, director, N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure; Katie Hicks, assistant director, Clean Water for North Carolina; Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson; and Lee Smith, utilities […]

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RiverLink is hiring for a new position

RiverLink is seeking a seasoned development professional with a myriad of skills and an equal amount of enthusiasm and energy to join our team of dedicated river conservationists and advocates. For 30 years RiverLink has been the recognized leader in French Broad River revitalization having been voted the best environmental organization in WNC for 10 […]

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Mountain Xpress: Asheville Food Park opens on Amboy Road

Posted on October 26, 2015 by Cindy Kunst The Asheville Food Park is now open on Amboy Road, joining an explosion of recreational companies, bars, restaurants and concert venues popping up along the French Broad River this year. The park serves as a base station for a regular rotation of local food trucks, art vendors and farmers selling seasonal produce. It […]

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NCDOT is asking for your input on local transportation issues

News Release For Immediate Release date: October 27, 2015 contact: Steve Abbottswabbott@ncdot.gov (919) 707-2660 EDITORS: NOTE THE ASHEVILLE AREA PUBLIC MEETING IS BEING HELD THIS AFTERNOON. TIME AND LOCATION ARE IN STORY COPY NCDOT Seeks Public Input on Local Transportation Priorities Raleigh – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from you about top-priority transportation […]

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Get Fit With Yoga and RiverLink

Healthy Rivers, Healthy Body & Spirit   ASHEVILLE, NC One Center Yoga has teamed up with RiverLink and is offering all new one Center Yoga and RiverLink members a free yoga consultation, plus  a free introductory class plus a big discount on a series of  six classes! If you been thinking about your health, your family and co-workers health […]

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GCNT: Russian environmentalists tour North River Farms

On a bright fall day on Friday, a tour group at North River Farms got to see what about 12 years of ongoing coastal wetlands restoration can achieve. The N.C. Coastal Federation, along with faculty from the Duke University Marine Lab on Pivers Island in Beaufort and N.C. State University, took several environmentalists from Russia […]

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WNCT: Lenoir County school takes the classroom outdoors

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s not every day that you see kids shoveling dirt as part of their school day, but that’s exactly what happened today at the Contentnea-Savannah School in Lenoir County. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brought their Using The Outdoors To Teach Experiential Science, or UTOTES, program to the school […]

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BMN: Black Mountain approves next step in greenway expansion

A pair of agreements passed by the board of aldermen last week are the next steps in the town’s commitment to expanding the greenway system. Each of the five members of the board voted to enter a contract with the N.C. Department of Transportation that allows the state agency to design the future expansion of […]

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Mnt. X: Smoke on the water: Blind Pig Supper Club hits the coast

“Anybody see anything they want?” calls fisherman Eddie Willis, untangling an errant horseshoe crab from a net and tossing it back into the water. “We’ve got some red drum over here,” he adds, pointing into the fray of hundreds of netted fish thrashing and splashing. The small boats rock back and forth in the waves and drizzling rain; […]

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Apple growers find slim crop due to multiple weather woes

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Apple growers in western North Carolina are finding a slim crop to harvest due to months of weather problems, including nearly two weeks of rain that over-saturated the fruit. The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (https://bit.ly/1M5Pfa7) that Henderson County Extension Service Director Marvin Owings said growers worked to harvest between showers and […]

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Where Eagles Dare, Scientists Now Watch

It would take a hard heart not to be touched by the adventures of Yangchen, a young rehabilitated bald eagle that has been soaring above the skies of northeastern North Carolina since her release in January. Rescued from near death on a North Carolina beach two years ago, the revitalized raptor seems to have taken […]

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RiverLink Bus Tour Nov. 19th

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 Thursday November 19th. Meet at the […]

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WFMY: North Carolina Remains High on Deschutes’ List for New Plant

The Carolinas remain high on the radar for Deschutes brewery in considering its planned new facility in the eastern U.S., as the company continues to consider possible sites.  The company plans to make its pick by year’s end, and 100 to 200 new jobs are expected to be created. Deschutes, a highly regarded Oregon brewery, […]

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N&O: Protections in place for land near Blue Ridge Parkway

The historic Orchard at Altapass area beside the Blue Ridge Parkway was once ripe for development. But motorists driving the parkway this fall won’t see intrusive second homes and out buildings. Instead, they’ll view forested mountains and grassy meadows. That’s because 4,200 acres of land here has been protected through purchase or by conservation easement. […]

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ACT: Grandfather Mountain hikes help at-risk youth

Jason Nipper was at ease in nature, encountering a peaceful stillness when hiking through the High Country that he found perhaps nowhere else. The excursions were therapeutic for the young man, whose mental illness seemed to subside when visiting the region with his parents from his home in Florida. “He was actually near perfect … […]

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ACT: Local groups provide flood relief in South Carolina

HENDERSONVILLE — All Jeff Miller did was make a phone call. The community took it from there. Distraught by the media footage of the flooding in Columbia, South Carolina, the Hendersonville city councilman called his colleagues in local government for help. By Monday, the community had gathered and delivered between 80,000 and 90,000 bottles of water […]

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Trout Unlimited: Habitat, Status Of Fish ‘Insecure’

Trout Unlimited recently published the “State of the Trout” report, a comprehensive look at the current status of trout habitat and health across the country. The 80-page report gives an in-depth synopsis of each region in the country, including the Southeast. (Trout are a cold-water fish and do not live in Hawaii or Puerto Rico.) […]

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While South Carolina Flooded, U.S. Wrestles With Urban Stormwater

By Codi Kozacek of Circle of Blue Among the devastating effects of the low pressure storm system that pummeled South Carolina over the weekend was the heavy damage the record-breaking rains caused to water transport and treatment infrastructure, and the release of a tide of contaminated stormwater. Water mains burst in Columbia, the state capital. The […]

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Photo gallery and AC-T story: Rain wipes out the drought in WNC

ASHEVILLE — Drought no more. More than a week of at times flood-stage rain moved all North Carolina counties out of drought advisories, according to the state Drought Management Advisory Council’s most recent weekly report released Thursday. In last week’s report, four N.C. counties — Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln — were in severe drought […]

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We like good greenway news wherever it may be …

Community briefs: Program planned on Oklawaha Greenway Oklawaha program set for Monday A new section of Oklawaha Greenway is under construction, and restoration of the historic wetlands along Mud Creek is almost complete. Residents can learn about the benefits and progress of these two projects at a program at 6 p.m. Monday at the Henderson […]

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Wilma Dykeman’s ‘Core Values’ Still Resonate

By Velma Southerland, Living Editor of The Greeneville (TN) Sun. Nationally known writer Wilma Dykeman, of Newport, and her “core values” continue to cast a tall shadow almost a decade after her death, her son, Jim Stokely, told members of the Tuesday Book Club earlier this week. Dykeman, the wife of James R. Stokely, of Newport, […]

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out to make RiverMusic a success in 2015! We brought a lot of smiles out to the banks for the French Broad this year. Once again, our volunteer army stepped up to the plate and delivered for us. We can’t thank you enough. Hugs to all. We’ll be doing this […]

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AC-T: Buncombe keeps potential brewery site in Bent Creek

ASHEVILLE – Discussions that took nearly 50 minutes behind closed doors and about a minute in open session Tuesday ended for now an effort by some Buncombe County commissioners to sell 137 acres being considered as a site for an 100-employee brewery. After the closed session to talk about an unspecified economic development matter — almost surely, the status […]

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The CT: Environmental grants help fund Faith Rock project

Money from a 2000 Smithfield Food lawsuit is helping to move Faith Rock, a site of Revolutionary War significance, from the hands of a private owner to control by the Town of Franklinville. N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Monday $1.8 million in grants will go to projects intended to protect waterways, preserve wildlife, improve […]

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The latest Mr. Science Newsletter has arrived …

Mr. Science Newsletter, 2015, #10.    The Anatomy of Thunderstorms.  When air rises, it cools because the pressure is decreasing. If it is warm, moist air & it reaches its dew point, the water vapor (which is gas) begins to condense into a cumulus cloud (which is water droplets) & release latent heat into the […]

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force reminder and heaps of info …

The following is an email from Barb Mee, Transportation Planner with the City of Asheville. This is the mid-month reminder of the Asheville Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting on October 22, at 5:30 pm in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room in the Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza downtown.  It is […]

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Take this quiz to see how much you know about our water supply and how we use it

We all drink water everyday. But how much do you really know about the water you drink? Take this quick quiz full of interesting water and hydration facts to test your knowledge and learn a few things along the way. Be sure to share your results on Facebook! Click here and give it a shot. […]

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New Belgium to pour beer in February in Asheville

New Belgium Brewing will begin pouring beers at its new West Asheville brewery in February and offer public tours of the site in March, the company has announced. The brewery has set a grand opening date of Aug. 27, company spokeswoman Suzanne Hackett said Wednesday. Testing of the brewing equipment will begin soon with water run […]

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Corbin, KY: Track put in place Monday for railroad museum ‘French Broad’ passenger car

The French Broad River car that will be one of the centerpieces of the new Corbin Railroad Museum should arrive in town within the next two weeks, Corbin Tourism Director Maggie Kriebel told the Corbin City Commission during its monthly meeting Monday. “The site has been prepared with the help of the Corbin Public Works […]

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North Carolina’s Youth Conservation Corps Completes Conservation Projects on Protected Lands

The North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) has completed high priority conservation and community service projects that will enhance North Carolina’s protected lands and create more recreation opportunities for North Carolina families.  The NCYCC deployed four summer crews of 16 to 24 year-olds from across the state.  Each crew consisted of six to eight youth […]

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WRAL: Duke Energy, NC agree to $7M fine over coal ash leaks

Duke Energy and North Carolina environmental regulators agreed Tuesday to a $7 million fine over contaminated groundwater near all of the company’s coal ash ponds statewide. The settlement cuts by more than 70 percent a record $25.1 million fine the state Department of Environmental Quality levied in March for leaks from the ash ponds at the […]

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Road salt to blame for lead in water

By Laura Bliss of The Atlantic’s City Lab. @mslaurabliss, Sept. 23, 2015 Last summer, after decades of piping in water from Detroit, the city of Flint, Michigan, turned on the valve to its own Flint River. Reporters heralded thenew water source for Flint’s 100,000 citizens as a proud symbol of the city’s independence from Detroit. “It will […]

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AC-T feature: Today in Asheville History, Sept. 25

Asheville Citizen-Times | Page A02 Friday, 25 September 2015 TODAY IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY, SEPT. 25 On Sept. 25, 1994, French Broad River Park was officially opened. In the early 1900s, Riverside Park was a top attraction in Asheville, but when that park was washed away in the Flood of 1916, Asheville did not rebuild it. It took nearly […]

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EPA Finalizes Water E-Reporting Rule, Will Publish Companies’ Water Data

Businesses with Clean Water Act permits to discharge wastewater must now file reports electronically instead of filing written paper reports, according to an EPA rule finalize yesterday that modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically […]

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Mountains-to-Sea Trail Editorial: Let’s keep up the momentum

The value is so self-evident that it needs practically no explanation or justification: North Carolina’s Mountain-to-Sea trail is intended to showcase our beautiful state for the pleasure of everyone who is willing to step outside their cars and take a walk. A long walk. It’s an ambitious project that requires dedication to complete, but it’s […]

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AC-T: Dynamic change brings growing pains along Amboy Road

As Amboy Road French Broad River developments gather steam, Asheville city officials and business owners work to protect pedestrians in the area. ASHEVILLE – A year from now, the West Asheville area encompassing Amboy Road, Carrier Park and the French Broad River likely will be a much busier place. Construction on the first two of what will be more […]

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Mountain X: Local documentary traces origins of U.S. forestry in WNC; screens this weekend

A locally produced documentary about the introduction of forestry in America is scheduled to hit the silver screen this weekend at Biltmore Estate. The one-hour film, First in Forestry, tells the story of Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in the country. “It’s the story of how American forestry started, and the […]

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WRAL: Budget spends more on SolarBees

RALEIGH, N.C. — A provision tucked into the budget enacted Friday spends $1.5 million on a water quality project environmentalists say is a “boondoggle.” In 2013, Senate leaders pushed for a $1.3 million budget appropriation for a pilot project to put giant solar-powered water mixers in Jordan Lake. Backers of the project said they would help […]

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TCO: High levels of chemical contamination found in Little Sugar Creek

Warning signs are going up at Little Sugar Creek between East 36th and North Brevard streets in NoDa after high levels of cancer-causing chemicals were found in the creek’s waters last month, Mecklenburg County health officials said on Monday. And though officials don’t believe the contamination poses a significant health risk to the public, the […]

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Future of Andrews Geyser up in the air, in part due to drought …

From the McDowell County News on Sept. 19, 2015: A piece of Old Fort’s history is at the center of a debate on who is responsible for monitoring and operating Andrews Geyser. The geyser was constructed to honor those who died in the 1800s while building a railroad to Black Mountain from Old Fort. The […]

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PNS: Planting the Seeds of Success: Funds Help Growth of Local Beer Business

DURHAM, N.C. – In North Carolina, there’s no shortage of craft breweries, with dozens sprouting up every year across the state. But brewers have a tough time keeping all of their ingredients local, and that need is what caused Eric Wolfrum of Durham to have what you might call an epiphany two years ago. Wolfrum […]

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SC water district hires firm to evaluate Polk County deal

INMAN, S.C.—The Inman-Campobello Water District in upstate South Carolina, which could manage Polk County’s water system for decades if a controversial proposal goes through, has hired outside experts to evaluate the latest version of the contract. About three weeks ago, Polk’s Board of Commissioners sent a newly amended version of the contract to ICWD officials, who subsequently hired a consulting firm to evaluate […]

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AC-T: Come see progress of $50M River Arts District project

The public is invited to come see the latest developments on a $50 million taxpayer funded project in the River Arts District. The informational meeting is about the RAD Transportation Improvement Project or “RADTIP” from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Pack Memorial Library, in the Lord Auditorium, 67 Haywood St. The meeting is a […]

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We don’t think of feral cats as an invasive species, but …

Feral Cats Can Destroy the Environment Cats kill billions of small mammals, reptiles, and birds every year. In environments where cats have natural predators, like coyotes, this isn’t a problem. But left unchecked, cats can become an invasive species that damages local ecosystems. There’s no question that cats are prolific killers. A 2013 study found that between […]

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Mountain X: City to hold public status-update on RAD Transportation Improvement Project

The City of Asheville invites citizens to attend an informational meeting about the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Pack Memorial Library, in the Lord Auditorium, 67 Haywood St. The meeting is a drop-in style event with stations where people can look at how plans are shaping […]

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Join us for a discussion of the Amboy Road Residential Project on Sept. 22

Join RiverLink staff and developer Jay Fiano and his team of architects and engineers at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street, in the heart of the RAD, on Tuesday September  22 at 5:30 pm to learn  more about the new residential project planned for Amboy Road.   Mr. Fiano and his professional team have been a guest at […]

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PNS: NC Budget Deal: Land-Conservation Projects Breathe Sigh of Relief

RALEIGH, N.C. – Members of the North Carolina legislature will likely get their first look today at the budget deal reached by Republican leaders late Friday, after the longest budget-writing session in 14 years. The months of waiting have put hundreds of state programs in limbo, including pending land-conservation projects. Many of those projects count […]

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AC-T: Proposed South Slope forest park gets hard look from council

ASHEVILLE — A proposed forest park on downtown’s South Slope will get a serious look from city staff. Municipal personnel plan to meet with the development company that owns an old patch of woods in a booming area of downtown. That move follows direction from City Council at a Tuesday meeting. The discussion of the […]

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Berkeley Ind: Goats v. kudzu: Ruminants tip scales in battle against invasive plants

Dozens of hungry goats — immune to poison ivy and oak and impervious to the sharpest of thorns — have clomped heedlessly into dense tangles of invasive plants choking the banks and adjacent areas of Hunnicutt Creek. Where we see kudzu, goats see dinner. “It’s like candy to them,” Clemson Extension water resources specialist Cal […]

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CBD: Freshwater Species From Southeastern States Slated for Decisions on Endangered Species Act Protection

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement today on timelines for determining whether seven aquatic animals from the Southeast will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The animals, six fish and a freshwater mussel, are at risk of extinction due primarily to water pollution and dams. The […]

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WLOS: Labor Day Weekend, Weather Draws Crowd to French Broad River

ASHEVILLE – The warm weather of Labor Day weekend has brought families from near and far to Asheville to go tubing, despite lower than normal water levels in the French Broad River. Low water levels have already forced the closure of the South Asheville location earlier in the season. “We’re honest with people,” said Heath […]

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BMT News: Greenways get a nudge from Cycle to Farm

Fred McCormick, fred@blackmountainnews.com When Jennifer Billstrom first moved to Black Mountain in 2012, she envisioned a daily routine that involved her riding her bicycle from her doorstep to wherever she needed to go. A short time later, she and her husband David were organizing an event that has now raised nearly $13,000 for local greenways. […]

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Help Name That West Asheville Creek!

In an effort to name and protect the nameless tributaries of the French Broad River, RiverLink is holding Name That Creek contests throughout the watershed. These are local, grassroots projects in which the community submits suggestions for creek names and votes for the most fitting name at a creek-naming ceremony. After a name is chosen, […]

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Mountain X: Duke Energy tests show contaminated groundwater leeching into French Broad River

By Able Allen Contaminated water is leaving the coal ash ponds at the Duke Energy plant in South Asheville, but the company says it is not a threat the environment or the community. Duke Energy announced earlier this year that it would be retiring the coal-burning part of their Lake Julian power plant within the next half-decade in favor […]

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Historical piece about the FBR and Swannanoa Rivers and Hominy Creek

On Sept. 3, 1776, during the American Revolution, the Rutherford expedition against the Cherokee passed near the future site of Asheville. With the onset of the American Revolution, the British gained Cherokee support, and in response to threats and attacks and desiring expansion into Cherokee territory, North Carolina organized an expedition against the Cherokee to […]

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‘Swannanoa Swamp’ is unique, mysterious

By Barbara Hootman, barbara@blackmountainnews.com As summer turns to fall, a rare body of wetland is poised to take on interesting colors and textures. The Swannanoa Swamp, as it’s colloquially known, on U.S. 70 between Swannanoa and Black Mountain, is a unique body of water that sustains aquatic and wildlife while providing a unique beauty unusual […]

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Smoke on the water: Smoky Park Supper Club opens next week

By Mackensy Lunsford, mlunsford@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – When the long-awaited Smoky Park Supper Club opens on Riverside Drive, some seats will boast front-row views of the flowing water of the French Broad River. Others will face the fire. Fire is the elemental heart of this kitchen, the centerpiece of a restaurant assembled from 19 shipping containers on a […]

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Nominations sought for Friends of the River Awards

Do you know someone, or some business, or some brewery, or some group that just loves the French Broad River and works tirelessly (see, that’s a pun, because we want the French Broad to be tire-less, but that’s one of the biggest pieces of trash constantly being pulled out of the river??), to keep it […]

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The Saga of the steamboat “Mountain Lily”

The Mountain Lily steamboat was constructed in 1881 to carry passengers and freight to just east of Brevard, NC, a distance of some seventeen miles. The vessel was the central capital of the French Broad Steamboat Company, owned by Col. S. V. Pickens of Hendersonville. The steamboat was designed to link Brevard, Hendersonville and Asheville. The […]

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50 Fascinating Facts About Our Oceans [Infographic]

The team at Dive.in put together this ambitious infographic, culling 50 interesting facts about our oceans from the NOAA, NASA, National Geographic and more (you can see all of the sources here) Check out the image below and hopefully you learn something new about our incredible oceans, which cover rougly 71% of our planet’s surface! [via Divein.com]  

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Take the AC-T’s French Broad River Quiz

The French Broad River occupies a prominent place in the Western North Carolina landscape. How much do you know about the river? Take our quiz and compare your results. Score 8 of 8 to win fabulous prizes (not really).

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AC-T: Bywater not closing, owners say

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@gannett.com ASHEVILLE – The Bywater, a popular bar on Riverside Drive, is not closing, according to Cate Battles, who does marketing and PR for the space her husband co-owns. “All I do want to say is The Bywater’s not going anywhere,” she said. “I really can’t comment on anything going on.” On Wednesday, […]

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The Nations That Will Be Hardest Hit by Water Shortages by 2040

From the World Resources Institute. Water access is going to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. As climate change dries out the already dry areas and makes the wet ones wetter, we’re poised to see some radical civilizational shifts. For one, a number of densely populated areas will come under […]

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Join Us Oct. 15 For A Special Benefit Art Event — “Of Time And The River”

Artists interpret the French  Broad through drawing and painting, much of it from direct observation. RiverLink invites you to a showing of this artistic inspiration and exclusive sale of the works. Featuring the work of area artists, including John Mac Kah, Christine Enochs, Paul Blankinship, Mark Henry, Dana Irwin, Nicholas Raynolds, Jason Rafferty, Julyan Davis, Caleb […]

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Western NC’s First Fly Fishing Festival

Fly fishermen, mark your calendar, as October 10 is a “red letter” day; the day of the 1st Annual Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Festival. Fry Street in heart of Bryson City is the setting for what is billed as a celebration of the Swain County seat of government’s recent designation as a “Trout City.” The event’s […]

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Seeing green: Enka-Candler businesses push for greenway network

By Caitlin Byrd, cbyrd@citizen-times.com When a Dutch company built a plant in 1928 on 2,000 acres of land in Hominy Valley, it signaled the start of a new era for an Appalachian town that would one day claim part of the company’s name as its own. Eighty-seven years later, the 285-foot American Enka Co. clock […]

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What is killing the fish in the Broad River?

By Joyce Orlando of the Shelby Star. BOILING SPRINGS- Thousands of dead fish can still be seen along the banks of the Broad River, although the cause of the fish kill remains uncertain. Last week, fishermen along the Broad River began reporting a large number of dead, black bullhead catfish in the Broad River along […]

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NYT: California Drought Is Made Worse by Global Warming, Scientists Say

By JUSTIN GILLIS AUG. 20, 2015 Global warming caused by human emissions has most likely intensified the drought in California by 15 to 20 percent, scientists said on Thursday, warning that future dry spells in the state are almost certain to be worse than this one as the world continues to heat up. Even though the findings […]

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Email from CofA Transportation Planner Barb Mee

This is a reminder of the next Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting, which will be in on Thursday, August 27th, at 5:30 p.m.  That is two weeks from today.  The task force meets in the Asheville Fire and Rescue training room (rm 402), 100 Court Plaza.  Please put something on your calendar if it […]

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We’re still recruiting, especially to pull zombies outta the River!

RiverLink calls for volunteers to clean up and pull zombies out of the French Broad River First, Join us for Big Sweep Buncombe on August 22 On August 22, RiverLink will be working with Asheville Greenworks on Big Sweep Buncombe, the region’s largest river, stream and roadside cleanup! RiverLink and our partners will provide boats thanks […]

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The Truth about Bottled Water

Growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, I was fortunate to have public drinking fountains strategically placed on my walk to school, on my bike ride to the soccer field or when accompanying my mother to the farmers market. To be exact, there are 1,200 water fountains in operation still today. So the idea of paying for […]

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Tryon water restrictions continue this week

By Leah Justice leah.justice@tryondailybulletin.com Tryon water users will need to continue to abide by stage I water restrictions since the area is still in a moderate drought. Tryon enacted stage I restrictions last week after only a trickle of water was running over the Lake Lanier Dam, the town’s main water reservoir. Once no water […]

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Brevard Taking Another Look At Water

By Derek McKissock of The Transylvania Times. For the past few years, Brevard has seemed, outwardly at least, on a path to eventually build a new water plant, but since former city manager Joe Moore resigned March 31 that project’s progress is less clear. Interim City Manager Jim Fatland said during a May meeting of the council’s Public Works […]

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Check out this video of Anything That Floats/RiverFest!

Katie Brugger, a RiverLink friend, was kind enough to apply her professional touch to this video of RiverFest/Anything That Floats on Saturday, August 8. Take a look and you can see that everyone was having a great time. You’ll want to come out next August 13 when we do it again!  

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RiverLink Salon Series continues with Cherokee presentation on Sept. 18

Join us as Barbara Duncan and Friends will speak about the Cherokees’ relationship to rivers, particularly the French Broad, and will share some reproductions of Cherokee artifacts including pottery and ancient cloth. The Cherokee Friends are cultural specialists from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and will provide flute music and storytelling.  Duncan and the […]

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RiverLink Salon Series: Rules Governing Selling Adult Beverages in North Carolina

WNC is home to an expanding number of craft brewers and an  ever-expanding number of events that support non-profits. Join us on Friday September 4, 2015 at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios at 3 p.m. for a presentation and question and answer session by Special Agent Stacy Cox of the Western District Alcohol Law Enforcement, a division […]

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Register now to join Zombie Float world record attempt

Last year, Asheville’s Zombie Float almost earned a Guinness world record. The event was just 86 people short of the world record for the most people floating in a line: 634. This year, the Zombie Float is back to try again. Scheduled for Aug. 29, the float takes place about a month earlier this year […]

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Raleigh, NC Sees Benefits of Storm Water Management

August 12, 2015 – Stephanie Carson, Public News Service (NC) RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s capital city is becoming a national model when it comes to storm-water management. For the past 25 years, Raleigh has created and operated programs that work to properly handle the influx of storm water during heavy rains and reduce any […]

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AC-T: Could the next arts enclave transform the suburbs?

Arts & Crafts are a cornerstone of RiverLink’s Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan. By Emily Patrick, epatrick@gannett.com. When sculptor Molly Sawyer moved to Asheville from New York City just over three years ago, she had trouble finding housing but no problem getting studio space. She rented a sprawling section of a warehouse in the River Arts District’s […]

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Register now to join Zombie Float world record attempt

Last year, Asheville’s Zombie Float almost earned a Guinness world record. The event was just 86 people short of the world record for the most people floating in a line: 634. This year, the Zombie Float is back to try again. Scheduled for Aug. 29, the float takes place about a month earlier this year […]

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WLOS: RiverLink ‘Anything that Floats’ Parade Takes Over French Broad

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — RiverLink’s annual festival made its way down the French Broad River on Saturday for the Anything that Floats parade. Saturday’s event included floats of all kinds, traveling from Hominy Creek Park to the French Broad River Park. Floaters made sure to soak in all the fun. “I’m all about saving the place […]

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No excuse not to get exercise in Black Mountain

Health & Wellness is one of the cornerstones of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan. By Margaret Hurt, Special to Black Mountain News Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? In the Valley, there are lots of opportunities to get exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard […]

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Bill approved by Senate would reduce stream mitigation in NC

By Rose Rimler rrimler@newsobserver.com When developers build on or divert a stream in North Carolina, they typically have to compensate for that environmental loss by restoring or conserving a similar site elsewhere. It’s a process called “mitigation,” and the federal Clean Water Act requires it for damaged or destroyed streams and wetlands, but leaves it […]

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Video: Britannia Creek reborn

“Never give up on a River.” "We should never give up on any river." Posted by River Link on Friday, August 14, 2015

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Polk commissioners press on with plan for long-term transfer of county water system

Written by Jon Elliston of the Carolina Public Press. COLUMBUS—At a July 20 meeting, a majority of the Polk County Board of Commissioners indicated it favored moving forward with a plan to transfer management of the county’s water system, for a period of 75 years, to the Inman-Campobello Water District in upstate South Carolina. The proposal, under […]

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Times-News: Tryon institutes water restrictions

From staff reports Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:05 p.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:05 p.m. The town of Tryon has instituted water restrictions effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday for all users and consumers of the Tryon Water System. Town Manager Joey Davis said in a statement that the water restrictions […]

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Sevierville neighbors not happy about jet boats coming to the French Broad River

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – Wilderness at the Smokies just received a permit to build a 400 square feet dock along the French Broad River. It will be right next to the Highway 66 Bridge in Sevier County and will bring a jet boat attraction to the area. Not everyone is excited about it. Jerry Grubb lives […]

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WRAL: DENR sues EPA over expanded water rule

By Matthew Burns RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has joined 27 other states to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the federal agency’s recently published rule to expand the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act. DENR officials said in their lawsuit, […]

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Code Studio wraps up week of charettes for River Arts District form-based coding project

From the Mountain Xpress. Transportation concerns and maintaining a balance between the old and new were the highlights of the latest round of discussions on the River Arts District form-based coding project, with plenty of unanswered questions left on the table. Along with flood mitigation and preserving greenspaces, those were the key issues identified by city […]

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Charlotte Observer: Let’s remember the benefits of N.C. renewables

From William H. Schlesinger, Dean (Emeritus) of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, in response to “Let’s repeal an expensive energy policy” (July 25): Don Bryson’s op-ed overlooks the real reasons that North Carolina adopted a renewable energy portfolio in 2007 – to improve the environment, from the air we breathe to […]

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Tube-ocalypse Revisited: Asheville, NC tries for world tubing record with second annual ‘zombie float’

A group of nonprofits, local outfitters and zombie-lovers look to enter Asheville, NC into the Guinness Book of World Records in the “Most People in a Floating Line” category. Registration is open now for this family-friendly event which takes place in the River Arts District of Asheville on Saturday, August 29th. Zombies and other tubers will […]

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WLOS: What the River Arts District’s Future Could Look Like

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The River Arts District is one step closer to the facelift it has been fighting for. Over the past week, public workshops have given collected ideas on what that district’s future could look like. New zoning rules, rerouting of roads and ways to build around flood areas are only a few changes […]

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Climate change ‘triple threat’ increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities

Trio of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall exposes coastal cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston to potentially catastrophic flooding in future America’s biggest cities are at far greater risk of serious flooding in the coming decades than was previously thought, because of a “triple threat” produced under climate change, researchers […]

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AP INVESTIGATION: OLYMPIC TEAMS TO SWIM, BOAT IN RIO’S FILTH

BY BRAD BROOKS AND JENNY BARCHFIELD ASSOCIATED PRESS RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of […]

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AC-T: Public suggests direction for River Arts District

By Mike Cronin, mcronin@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – Making it easier for people to walk the River Arts District and ensuring that artists can stay emerged as critical to the area’s development during a public meeting Saturday. More than 50 people attended the “hands-on design workshop” at 372 Depot St. Asheville officials and employees of Code Studio, a […]

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Mountain Xpress: Is Hominy Creek Greenway going to the dogs?

By Max Hunt. Residents using Hominy Creek Greenway in recent weeks may have noticed the sudden disappearance of two herds of goats, which had been put to work since May to clear invasive species such as Japanese Knotwood and English Ivy from the 14-acre tract. The absence of the hardy herbivores is the result of […]

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AC-T: Drought emerges in Asheville-area counties

ASHEVILLE – Despite occasional thunderstorms, drought has crept into the mountains for the first time in more than two years. Persistent dry weather that started in December has dropped stream levels far below normal and left lawns and gardens parched. On Friday, the French Broad River in Asheville was running at about half its normal […]

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Adorable bear cub rescued from river near Tenn.-North Carolina line

Fox 8 TOWNSEND, Tenn. An orphaned bear cub has a new home after taking a ride in a raft down a river near the Tennessee-North Carolina line. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that a river guide rescued the bear cub after seeing the animal abandoned without a mother along the Nolichucky River. The guide took the bear […]

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AC-T: Top 9 Asheville-area swimming holes for a summer of fun

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@gannett.com. Most people only share the location of their favorite swimming hole with trusted friends. That sunny spot filled with water so crystalline it looks like it never touches the ground is worth keeping secret. Still, everyone needs a place to cool off. The swimming holes here range from the teeming to the […]

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Asheville-area paddlers heading to kayak World Championships

Karen Chavez, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – There’s definitely something in the water in Western North Carolina rivers besides brook trout and sparkling whitewater. Some might call it greatness. The rivers – the Nantahala in Swain County in particular – have spawned many elite, world-class and Olympic paddlers, and they are getting ready to release two more: […]

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One Center Yoga offers better health and RiverLink support

Asheville’s One Center Yoga supports RiverLink and good health at the same time     In the interest of supporting and improving their community, One Center Yoga offers two weekly donation-based classes at their studio at 120 Coxe Ave #3A in downtown Asheville (map).  As part of this program, One Center generously splits the donations 50/50 with […]

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RiverLink welcomes six new members for its 2015 board of directors

The new members for RiverLinks board of directors for 2015 are: Fed Cardina, retired senior human resource vice president for Siemans and a private consultant; Carol Forthman, a retired attorney; Sandra Kellman, co-chair of the firm’s Global Hospitality and Leisure sector and co-chair of DLA Piper’s Global Real Estate Summit;  Sandy Melton, co-owner of Blue Heron Whitewater; Joseph Ransmeier, a […]

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Bike-n-Walk meeting Thursday, July 23.

Just a reminder that the next meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force is this Thursday, July 23rd, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room, 100 Court Plaza, room 402.  The task force meets the 4th Thursday of the month from January through October, and on the first Thursday in […]

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Randolph County: 250K gallons of raw sewage flows into river near Randleman

RANDLEMAN, N.C. —About 250,000 gallons of untreated sewage is bobbing in a North Carolina river after a burst pipe went undetected for about five hours. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday the ruptured pipe near Randleman’s city wastewater plant allowed untreated sewage from homes and businesses to flow into the Deep […]

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McDowell County Emergency officials: Fish-kill substance came from Coats North American

Emergency crews have identified a potential source of the substance that killed hundreds of fish and other aquatic animals in the North Fork River earlier this week. After extensive examination and testing, it appears that the substance, which has not yet been identified, was coming from the vicinity of the waste water treatment lagoon ponds […]

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N&O: Breaking down omnibus NC deregulation bill

BY CRAIG JARVIS, cjarvis@newsobserver.com For the fifth year in a row, NC Senate Republicans have cobbled together a wide-ranging deregulation bill to streamline government, running into resistance from Democrats and environmentalists who say they are endangering air and water quality to help businesses. This year’s version cropped up with little warning and quickly cleared the Senate […]

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WLOS: Low River Flows Halt Water Activities

ASHEVILLE, N.C. –In the heat of the summer months, the French Broad is the nearby place to cool down, and attendance on the river seems as plenty as ever. But, river levels are low due to limited rain and Buncombe County, along with other surrounding counties, remain in a drought category. Outdoor companies have pulled […]

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Stand-up paddleboarding booming in WNC

By the AC-T’s ace outdoors reporter, Karen Chavez. kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – After attaching the final piece — a short, flexible fin for river running — on the underbelly of their latest creation, Rob Ro and John Mitchell took their Carolina blue stand-up paddleboard out for a maiden voyage on the French Broad River last week. “It […]

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Brevard College makes ‘best schools for nature lovers’ list

From the website of the Hendersonville Times-News. Brevard College has been named one of the nation’s 30 Great Small Colleges for Nature Lovers by GreatValueColleges.net. The website used a points system based on information from school websites and the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database. Colleges that made the list have student populations […]

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Ready to go big? With shows, answer is not yet for Asheville

By Emily Patrick of the Asheville Citien-Times: epatrick@gannett.com. About a year ago, thousands of people made history in Asheville — mostly by standing in the same place at the same time. The June concert by the country duo Florida Georgia Line drew about 12,000 people to McCormick Field, the Asheville Tourists’ stadium, and became the largest single event […]

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N.C. Wildlife Commission trout regulations now online, searchable

From the Charlotte Observer. What are the regulations applicable to trout fishing on Jacob Fork in Burke County? Or Wilson Creek in Caldwell? Information covering these two popular streams and all others in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s mountain trout program is now readily available online. This week, the agency announced a new search tool […]

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National Intelligence Council: Water wars are coming

By Lucas Ropek In 2012, the U.S. Intelligence Council issued a report warning that in the next few decades, the fragile ecosystem of international trade and political partnership that America relies on will be threatened as countries that are “important to US interests” come to blows over a single invaluable resource: water. Not oil. “Water is the new oil,” so say economists, business […]

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Hawaii Becomes First State in The Nation to Ban Plastic Bags

by Heather Dockray In the past couple of years, cities and towns across the nation have started to ban plastic bags. Less than one percent of plastic bags are recycled, and it costs more to recycle a plastic bag that create a new one. That’s why Oahu, the most populated Hawaiian island, decided to join the other Hawaiian […]

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Going fast down a whitewater river a big part of the appeal of North Carolina’s Nantahala Outdoor Center

From Jacksonville.com, by Charlie Patton. On a recent visit to Jacksonville to talk about the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in North Carolina, Joe Jacobi brought along some very nice bling. Stashed in his brief case was the gold medal he won during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, when he and his partner Scott Strausbaugh won the […]

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AC-T: Bigger not better? Asheville’s river lesson from Knoxville

By Joel Burgess KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – This southern city is connected by a ribbon of common waterway with Asheville. And it’s got some lessons for its North Carolina cousin when it comes to riverfront redevelopment, many about challenges it has faced. The French Broad River flows through Asheville and ends just east of Knoxville. There it […]

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WLOS: Testing Underway At CTS Site

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — A crew is testing on the former CTS site in south Buncombe County. A contractor for CTS is collecting samples west of where the main plant stood. They’re collecting groundwater, surface water, sediment and air samples. The engineer says they will be looking for some compounds associated with the site. Matt […]

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The Town Shrink puts entire cities on the couch …

The Town Shrink Trained as a psychiatrist, Mindy Thompson Fullilove now puts entire cities on the couch. By ROBERT SULLIVAN of the New York Times Magazine High Bridge, spanning the Harlem River and connecting Manhattan to the Bronx, is the oldest bridge in New York City. It is also an aqueduct, or used to be. […]

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NC wants Dan River water

BY DENICE THIBODEAU dthibodeau@registerbee.com North Carolina is interested in drawing water from the Dan River in two different places. One would involve draws from Kerr Lake and the other is much closer to home, in nearby Milton, North Carolina. Danville City Council has to decide if it will pass a resolution opposing an increase in the […]

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone! RiverLink is closed today …

The RiverLink offices will be closed today. Have a safe holiday. It’d be a great day to get out on your French Broad River, wouldn’t it? Thanks for all you do, RiverLink staff

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HENDERSONVILLE LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: AVL contractors need a redo on storm drainage

By Bill Moss, Published: June 27, 2015 After a Monday afternoon downpour caused a huge wave of water to overtop the Asheville airport retaining wall and flood Ferncliff Park Drive, engineers made the surprising assessment that the new stormwater management system worked as it was designed to. If this was success, we’d hate to see […]

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Mountain Xpress: New Belgium greenway plans finalized

By Rachel Ingram The design for a key link that will help create the longest continuous stretch of greenway in Asheville has been finalized. The roughly 1-mile section will run through the New Belgium Brewing Co. site in the River Arts District and connect with existing greenway segments. “It’s pretty exciting, because this part of the […]

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Al-Jazeera: The dawning of hydro-terrorism

By Ibrahim Al-Marashi The role of water in conflict in the Middle East has existed since time immemorial, but ISIL has used it to such an effect that it deserves credit for mastering “hydro-terrorism”, threatening to flood downstream towns and deprive them of a resource essential for daily survival and irrigation. Just two weeks ago in […]

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NYT: Troubled Delta System Is California’s Water Battleground

By ERICA GOODE of the New York Times. BYRON, Calif. — Fighting over water is a tradition in California, but nowhere are the lines of dispute more sharply drawn than here in theSacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that is the hub of the state’s water system. Giant pumps pull in water flowing […]

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WLOS: Increase in French Broad Visitors Brings Increase in Trash

Watch the video and read the story. BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — As our heat wave brings more people to the French Broad River, there is a rising concern more trash will follow. News 13 found several cups, bottles and other trash along the river bank on Monday. Dave Russell from River Link says the number […]

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Airport storm runoff again blocks road to brewery

By Bill Moss of the Hendersonville Lightning. Published June 23, 2015 MILLS RIVER — A thunderstorm that dumped more than 2 inches of rain in 30 minutes at the Asheville Regional Airport caused stormwater runoff to flow from the airport site and cross Ferncliff Park Drive on Monday afternoon. The silt-laden runoff from the airport […]

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meeting tonight

Email from Barb Mee, CofA Transportation Planner: A reminder of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meeting this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room, 100 Court Plaza, room 402. This is across the street from the middle block of Pack Square Park, a block west of City Hall. Minutes […]

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Humans Greatly Increase Mercury Levels in the Ocean

A study of the natural cycle of mercury reveals that humans are to blame for a five- to sixfold increase in the oceanic concentrations of the potentially toxic element. Since 1850, the amount of mercury humans have released into the atmosphere by burning coal and mining precious metals has, by conservative estimates, increased threefold. The […]

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WaPo: New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people — are being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides the most detailed picture yet of vital water reserves hidden under the Earth’s surface. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from […]

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Wai Mauna announces RiverLink donation for every tour

Press release RiverLink sent out:  ASHEVILLE— Stand-up paddle boarding is a growing sport in the Asheville area, and RiverLink and Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours are working together to get more folks paddling on the French Broad River. To give back to the community and the River, Wai Mauna is donating portions of the rental […]

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Morganton Water Plant Receives Award

From the City of Morganton: The City of Morganton Water Treatment Plant staff recently received an award from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for providing high-quality drinking water to Morganton residents. The award was given by DENR’s Division of Water Resources as part of the North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Program […]

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AC-T: New Belgium, bicyclists oppose bike lane limits bill

ASHEVILLE — New Belgium Brewing is putting its mouth where its money is. An official with the company building a brewery on the west side of the French Broad River wrote state legislators Monday to oppose legislation that would make it harder to convert parts of state-owned streets and roads to bicycle lanes. Language in a bill […]

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WLOS: Drilling Signals Start of River Arts District Improvements

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Work that will lead to better roads and parking in the River Arts District started Tuesday as crews drilled for soil samples along Lyman Street. The city says the samples are part of the engineering and environmental work under the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Plan or RADTIP. The drilling work, which […]

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Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’

By Rob Kuznia in the WaPo. RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water. People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on […]

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Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead

Craig Holt – North Carolina Sportsmen Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning. “I went two weeks ago, and they still hadn’t spawned,” Marty Shaffner of Tri-State Guide Service said last Thursday, “but I’d […]

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Personality quiz: How WNC are you?

Citizen-Times Check our this really fun quiz that the Citizen Times has posted! Whether you are a local or someone whose heart is here even if you were born somewhere else, we want to find out how WNC you are. Take our fun (and utterly nonscientific) personality quiz below and see how you fare. Pick […]

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WNC fishing report

Bob Satterwhite – Citizen Times Trout Fishing Delayed-harvest streams are open to catch-and-keep fishing. Creel limit is seven trout with no size or bait restrictions. Streams are at normal to full flow in most areas and may be slightly dingy after a shower. Isolated showers and thunderstorms with temperatures in the mid-80s are forecast through […]

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NORTH CAROLINA ORDERS DUKE TO STOP POLLUTION SPREADING AT COAL ASH DUMP

By MICHAEL BIESECKER ABC 11 RALEIGH –North Carolina environmental regulators ordered Duke Energy on Tuesday to stop the spread of groundwater pollution from coal ash dumps outside Wilmington after tests showed contamination in nearby drinking water wells. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said recent tests showed high levels of boron in three […]

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RIVERMUSIC

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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Asheville Food Trucks & RiverMusic

RiverMusic is this Friday and we thought we would share a little more information with you on the food trucks that will be there! RiverMusic Food Trucks El Kimchi Farm to Fender Amazing Pizza Taste and See Twisted Root    

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N&O: Volksmarch entices hundreds of hikers to explore the Capital Area Greenway

RALEIGH — The second annual Volksmarch, a self-paced hike for all ages, began at the North Carolina Museum of Art and ended at the Reedy Creek entrance of William B. Umstead Park, 5.6 miles away. Along the route, besides stopping at the Ecostation, hikers were able to meet Smokey the Bear in the North Carolina […]

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AC-T: Riverfront board takes conflict of interest criticism

By the AC-T’s John Boyle. ASHEVILLE – Whenever big money is on the table, the magnifying glass comes out. In the River Arts District, some $52 million in spending for infrastructure upgrades, road rerouting and greenways is on the table. Private investors are putting up another $200 million in the area, formerly the city’s repository for […]

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Take this AC-T survey …

Growing pains From the AC-T: Asheville is in a state of transition. New hotels are being built as downtown becomes more tourism-oriented. South Asheville is growing rapidly, and with that growth comes congestion. What will Asheville look like in 10 years? Twenty? The Asheville Citizen-Times is working on a series about Asheville’s growth and affordability. […]

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Fitness Trail Now Part Of Catawba River Greenway

As we’ve said before, we like good greenway news wherever it is! A new $15,000 fitness trail for the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton was donated by the Morrison Family, owners of Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG). Dean Justus, Human Resources Manager for MFG North Carolina, located in Morganton, said the management team at the […]

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Opinion from AC-T: New EPA rules deserve strong backing

By Kevin Colburn “Can I swim, Daddy”? My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter asked me this question last summer, her face lit up with anticipation of the French Broad River’s cool water. I thought of the industrial pollution in the river, weighed that knowledge with my trust in the Clean Water Act, and said: “Sure, Honey.” Trusting me, […]

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Section of greenway planned behind Asheville Middle

ASHEVILLE – Some wooded land behind Asheville Middle School could become part of a city greenway. City school board members Monday recommended an easement be provided for the Clingman Forest Greenway. The board also recommended a temporary easement for construction of the project. The Clingman Forest Greenway will extend from the River Arts District up the […]

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Sylva Herald: Jackson County’s method of calculating steep slopes at odds with standard

By Quintin Ellison When calculating slope, there’s a generally accepted formula that spits out identical results no matter who’s doing the arithmetic. Sylva uses it, and so do other local governments that regulate construction on steep slopes, including Buncombe, Henderson and Haywood counties. Then there’s Jackson County’s formula, a homemade concoction brewed for reasons no […]

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New Belgium Brewing Helped Asheville Win Another Award

A new greenway network is taking shape along the banks of the French Broad River in Asheville. The French Broad River Greenway Westbank Extension, as it’s currently known, runs along the French Broad River and provides a critical connection between New Belgium’s soon-to-open brewery and the existing French Broad River Park, Carrier Park, and Hominy Creek Greenways. It’s […]

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AC-T: Felony graffiti bill on way to becoming law?

By veteran reporter Mark Barrett. The bill says someone can be charged with a felony after being convicted twice on graffiti charges. It also increases penalties for a first or second offense, which remain misdemeanors. RALEIGH – A bill to make repeated instances of graffiti vandalism a felony appears destined to become law after receiving […]

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Mountain Xpress: Flooding, money and politics in the River Arts District

Part I of a two-part series. By Max Hunt. City plans to improve infrastructure, expand public space, increase access and encourage private development in the River Arts District have triggered considerable controversy. In connection with New Belgium Brewing Co.’s $175 million commitment to build a new facility directly across the river, the city broke ground […]

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Californians may have to drink their own sewage as last resort for water crisis

By Christopher Hooten of the Independent (UK). Californians are facing the prospect of eating their own faeces with the treatment of sewage into drinking water gaining appeal as the drought lingers. The idea comes with a palpable ‘yuck factor’, as the LA Times put it, but many scientists believe it can be safe and is a more efficient use for moderately treated sewage […]

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New Belgium Brewing Helped Asheville Win Another Award

A new greenway network is taking shape along the banks of the French Broad River in Asheville. The French Broad River Greenway Westbank Extension, as it’s currently known, runs along the French Broad River and provides a critical connection between New Belgium’s soon-to-open brewery and the existing French Broad River Park, Carrier Park, and Hominy Creek Greenways. It’s […]

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Schedule of events for RiverFest on Saturday, August 8

Join us for RiverFest on Saturday, August 8 when all this and more will happen! 11:00 Put-in for Anything that Floats rafts begins at Hominy Creek Park 1:00 RiverFest begins at French Broad River Park, where the raft parade floats by 1:15 Kids Parade/Jugglers Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth 1:45 Music: Infinity Vortex 2:30 […]

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PRI: Desalination is an expensive energy hog, but improvements are on the way

By Brian Bienkowski It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That’s why researchers and companies from the […]

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RiverLink is proud to announce the naming of Penland Creek

Asheville can add one more name to its map. RiverLink is proud to announce that the name “Penland Creek,” has been accepted for a stream in Westwood Place, a neighborhood in East West Asheville, bounded by Haywood Road, Craven Street, I-26 and Patton Avenue. Penland Creek was chosen after months of community input and voting, […]

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The Greensboro News & Record: The economic case for trails and greenways

By Susan Ladd/News & Record susan.ladd@news-record.com Stuck in the mud. That was the metaphor for transportation in North Carolina around the turn of the century. But some state leaders saw the importance of good roads as early as 1902 and founded the Good Roads Association to push for a state-maintained road system. “A complete system of State Highways […]

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AC-T: River Arts District plans include new food-truck park, zoning, bridge

By Mike Cronin, mcronin@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – City officials and community leaders are moving forward on several fronts in the revamping of the River Arts District. Local residents can expect a new food-truck park, the possibility of changes in zoning rules in the district that mirror those in West Asheville approved by City Council in September and two […]

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Good greenway news from down east

From the Winston-Salem Journal — Bird’s-Eye View: Elkin has a new path to explore By Ron Morris/Special Correspondent This column often features the greenways around Winston-Salem — great places to bird, bike or just stroll. A trail in the Surry County town of Elkin is a great addition to the walking paths in the area […]

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For some well owners near coal ash, risk remains unclear

Report by Tyler Dukes of WRAL. RALEIGH, N.C. — Dozens of well owners near coal ash ponds across North Carolina will have to wait longer to learn whether their drinking water contains a cancer-causing compound primarily found in industrial waste. Since late last year, state environmental regulators have been working with private laboratories to test about […]

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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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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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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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Cherokee One Feather: 100 gallons of fuel spill into river

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P. ONE FEATHER STAFF Diesel fuel leaked into the Oconaluftee River from the Cherokee Mini-Mart underground storage tanks over a month ago.  The leak occurred on April 2 and was discovered a day later. “On April 3, Petroleum product was identified along the river bank by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ […]

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Study reveals how rivers regulate global carbon cycle

PHYS.org Humans concerned about climate change are working to find ways of capturing excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the Earth. But Nature has its own methods for the removal and long-term storage of carbon, including the world’s river systems, which transport decaying organic material and eroded rock from land […]

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California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

By ADAM NAGOURNEY, JACK HEALY and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ APRIL 4, 2015 LOS ANGELES — For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and beauty. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, aerospace, […]

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Asheville-area Adventure of the Week: Visit Lake James

 Karen Chavez, kchavez@citizen-times.com What: Spring nature programs and 5th annual McDowell Trails Association Triathlon at Lake James State Park. When: Sunday and Monday. Where: Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area of Lake James State Park in Nebo. Details: There’s a lot springing to life in Lake James State Park, about an hour’s drive east of Asheville. All programs are […]

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Water Flowing From Toilet to Tap May Be Hard to Swallow

By JOHN SCHWARTZMAY 8, 2015 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Water spilled out of a spigot, sparklingly clear, into a plastic cup. Just 45 minutes earlier, it was effluent, piped over from Orange County’s wastewater treatment plant next door. At a specialized plant, it then went through several stages of purification that left it cleaner than anything […]

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Asheville angler named Orvis Guide of the Year

KAREN CHAVEZ Citizen Times ASHEVILLE Brown Hobson, of Asheville, North Carolina, has just been named as the Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year for 2015. Hobson is the owner and head guide for Brown Trout Fly Fishing LLC. (www.browntroutflyfishing.com) He started fly fishing in Western North Carolina as a teenager and the passion for catching trout […]

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Artists: Join us tomorrow to learn to contract with the CofA …

Calling all Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Join RiverLink and City of Asheville Economic Development Specialist Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city. We are pleased to offer these […]

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Take the Trolley to Oskar Blues on May 18

Take a joyride and raise some funds for RiverLink at the same time!   ASHEVILLE, NC – RiverLink is thrilled to be the featured nonprofit of the Oskar Blues/Tasty Weasel Making A Difference Monday program. On Monday, May 18. Oskar Blues is sending its vintage trolley to the RiverLink office as a shuttle, and 10 percent of […]

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Headwaters Outfitters To Host Upper French Broad River Clean-up May 16 – Rosman NC

From the Transylvania Times. The French Broad River Clean-up remains the best volunteer gig in town with a free canoe ride down the river, along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and all the garbage bags one can fill. Since the inception of “The Upper French Broad River Clean-up Day” in 1992, the annual river clean-up has netted more than […]

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Why the Town of Boone Didn’t Locate Proposed Intake Project on the Watauga River

By Jesse Wood of The High Country Press As the Town of Boone’s water intake project on the South Fork of the New River drags on into 2015, continuing to jump or skirt numerous hurdles along the way, people around town have been asking: Why not pull water from the Watauga River? W.K. Dickson, the […]

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Headwaters Outfitters To Host Upper French Broad River Clean-up May 16 – Rosman NC

The Transylvania Times The French Broad River Clean-up remains the best volunteer gig in town with a free canoe ride down the river, along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and all the garbage bags one can fill. Since the inception of “The Upper French Broad River Clean-up Day” in 1992, the annual river clean-up has netted more than 3,000 […]

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Nat’l Geo Video: Cigarette Butts, World’s #1 Litter, Recycled as Park Benches

Check out the video by clicking here. By Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic PUBLISHED MAY 05, 2015 Cigarette butts are, by some counts, the world’s number one litter problem.  Butts represent the most numerous form of trash that volunteers collect from the world’s beaches on the Ocean Conservancy’s cleanup days. More than two million cigarette parts were recently collected […]

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From our friends at the Carolina Public Press …

Fletcher dairy owner sentenced for dumping cow feces into French Broad Written by Angie Newsome on May 4, 2015 ATLANTA – William “Billy” Franklin Johnston, the owner of one of North Carolina’s largest dairy farms located in Fletcher, N.C., was sentenced Thursday to four years of probation, six months of which he has to spend in home detention, for […]

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Ecusta Trail Gets Funding Boost

By Park Baker, Staff Writer, Transylvania Times. The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Tuesday approved a tax appropriation to help fund construction of the proposed Ecusta Trail. Board member Selena Einwechter, owner of the Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill, made the motion to appropriate one quarter of every 1 percent of the county’s occupancy […]

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Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds

This is something that we’ll hear more and more of as population increases and water becomes more and more scarce: “We need to be judging water by its quality, and not by its history.” By STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains. They […]

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CAN SALTWATER QUENCH OUR GROWING THIRST?

April 13, 2015 — It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That’s why researchers and companies from […]

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WaPo: Western drought steals clean energy along with fresh water at power plants

INSIDE HOOVER DAM — The floor rumbled under Mark Cook. His legs vibrated as he stood in a tunnel tucked into the thick base of Hoover Dam, 430 feet below the tourists looking out over Lake Mead. Beneath him, water roared through steel pipes 13 feet tall. Nearby, heavy turbines hummed with mechanical intensity. “We’re moving […]

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Charlotte Observer Opinion: Sunnier take on N.C.’s environment

The recent op-ed “Assault on N.C. Environment” (April 19 Viewpoint) ignores facts and fails to recognize North Carolina’s commitment to bettering our environment. DENR is proud of the policies and modernization that have dramatically improved the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The facts show the author’s assertions are wrong. Here’s why. North Carolinians […]

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From the AC-T’s Karen Chavez: WNC gets first national wildlife refuge

ASHEVILLE – It only took a little more than a century, but Western North Carolina finally has its first national wildlife refuge, an area that will forever protect the rare and fragile plants and animals who make it their home. The Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge was officially established Wednesday on a 39-acre parcel in the […]

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Felony jail time for graffiti a good idea?

From AC-T ace reporter Joel Burgess. Up to three years of jail time could be the new punishment for people who do graffiti, according to a state bill that would attach felony charges to some infringements. For some, the idea of harsher punishment, including jail time makes sense when they see tags and other types of defacement on […]

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Transylvania Times: Parkway Receives Funding For Repairs

April 23, 2015 | Vol.129– No. 33 The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce that $710,035 will be directed to addressing critical repairs along the 469-mile corridor. The Parkway and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation are receiving these funds through the NPS Centennial Grant Program, which includes $26 million for restoration projects at national parks around the country, […]

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Hendersonville Times-News: Feds create wildlife refuge in the NC mountains

ASHEVILLE (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have announced the creation of a new wildlife refuge in the North Carolina mountains. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Jim Kurth was in North Carolina on Wednesday to make the announcement about the Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge in Ashe County. The refuge is devoted to the […]

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Macon County News: Franklin’s Greenway offers miles of recreation possibilities

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Written by Brittney Raby – Staff Writer The Frog Quarters, located on East Main Street, has become a mini-chamber for the Franklin area. From advertising events, to serving up delicous coffee and refreshing beverages in the summer, the Frog Quarters not only keeps track of all the happenings along the Greenway, […]

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Times-News: Celebrate our green wins

This is a very good opinion piece from the Hendersonville Times-News. As we step outside, smell the fresh fragrance of spring rain and blooming plants and the hear the serenade of bird song, it’s a nice time to reflect on ecological victories that have enhanced and preserved our community. Things could have turned out much […]

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$4M road to soccer fields, nature center finished

ASHEVILLE – A five-year project to improve access to the region’s most popular fields and zoo is finished. The $3.9 million project involved roads and streams near the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, Recreation Park and the WNC Nature Center. “This project demonstrates how a community vision can be translated into an economic asset and has […]

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We need a new Manhattan Project

By Chip Worrell Columnist Published: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 4:30 a.m. Ecopolitics is an interesting word. It sometimes means the politics of economics and sometimes the politics of the environmental movement. In today’s world, it means both since everything the environmental movement does affects both politics and the economy. Maybe you think this is a […]

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RiverLink hosts children’s Earth Day festival, summer camp

On April 25, RiverLink will celebrate Earth Week with a children’s festival filled with food, games and giveaways at the RiverLink Performance Park, 144 Riverside Drive. Starting at 11 a.m and ending at 3 p.m., RiverLink will have available a blow-up bounce house, face painting, crafts, educational lessons, games and more — and they’ll also […]

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Netspinner Caddisflies

by Chris Goforth NC Museum of Natural Sciences This week’s What Time is it in Nature is brought to you by Sehdia Mansaray, Prairie Ridge intern for the spring 2015 semester.  Sehdia is a student at North Carolina State University and is double majoring in Environmental Science and Anthropology with a minor in French. She is interested in […]

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Best Places To Let Love Flow: Top Five Rivers For Romance

Cascading water, glistening moonlight, majestic falls—there’s just something about a river that evokes romance. Especially during the February season of love, a river can be the perfect retreat for you and your sweetheart. And this year, we’re helping you out—with five romantic river sites sure to get emotions flowing. Blue Ridge Romance  Asheville, NC; Swannanoa […]

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California’s Drought Grabs Headlines, But Other States Face Water Woes Too

Good piece from the website of the Pew Charitable Trusts. With all the attention focused on California’s water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State’s drought is the exception. It isn’t. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency. […]

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9 Top River Trips For Wildlife

Erin Singer McCombs American Rivers My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins. Rivers such as the Little Tennessee flow into the Mississippi River and ultimately […]

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How The Ski Industry Could Sell Off Your Rivers To The Highest Bidder

Jim Bradley The River Blog As the snow melts, the National Ski Areas Association turned their attention, once again, to waiving the Endangered Species Act, making it harder to protect rivers that are threatened by poorly performing hydropower dams, and making it virtually impossible for federal agencies to ensure that there is enough water for fish, wildlife, firefighting, […]

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WLOS: City Leaders Talk Pros and Cons of Whitewater Park

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A proposal to install a $1.8 million whitewater park near downtown Asheville has many considering the pros and cons of the project. Three locations for the park have been proposed: Jean Webb Park in the Rivers Arts District, near the Jeff Bowen Bridge nearby or the Pearson Bridge further downstream. The private […]

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AC-T: RiverLink honors student art/poetry winners

ASHEVILLE – RiverLink will celebrate the young poets and artists who won its 2015 art and poetry contest during a free public reception and awards ceremony at 2 p.m. April 18 at Holly Library on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Each year RiverLink asks students in kindergarten through 12th grade “to go to a […]

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Commission had 1,100 miles of trout streams ready for trout opener

NCWRC Release Stocking schedule is available through wildlife website The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission opened approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 4. The season will run through Feb. 29, 2016. While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per […]

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Popular WNC parks go virtual via Google Maps

Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com Ever had the urge to walk out on the precipitously perched Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, but the actual thought of the first few steps made your tummy do triple pike flips? Now, thanks to The Conservation Fund and Google Maps, and many conservation partners, you can take that stomach-flipping […]

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East Tennessee’s Holston River added to ‘most endangered’ list

WATE 6 On Your Side Staff WASHINGTON, DC (WATE) – The Holston River in East Tennessee has been named one of the most endangered in America, according to a report by American Rivers. The report says toxic chemical explosives from an army ammunition plant near the river in Kingsport poses a threat to clean drinking […]

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Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail named tops for wildlife

ROCKINGHAM, NC — With warm weather hopefully here to stay, it’s time for outdoor adventurers to pull their canoes and kayaks out, head back down Hitchcock Creek and perhaps see some wildlife along the way. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation recently picked the state’s top nine river trips for wildlife and wildlife-associated activities, and the Hitchcock Creek […]

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N&O: Duke Energy proposes NC’s largest solar farm

Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, is seeking a permit for the largest solar farm proposed in North Carolina to date, and the first to break the 80-megawatt barrier. Duke’s solar farm, measuring exactly 80 megawatts in capacity, is planned in the town of Moyock in coastal Currituck County. It’s scheduled to […]

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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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Opinion: Rising sea levels should stir action on climate change

Will the NC Coastal Resources Commission’s prediction of rising sea levels be ignored? Some 10 geologists and engineers advise the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission on sea levels, against the political tide, one might say, of Republicans on the state and national level disputing the effects of or even the existence of climate change due to […]

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Duke donates $100k for French Broad headwaters preservation

From the website of The Hendersonville Lightning. Duke Energy Water Resources Fund has donated $100,000 to the Conservation Fund to buy more land to protect the headwaters of the French Broad River in Transylvania County. “Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund grant will help the Conservation Fund and the N.C. Forest Service protect the headwaters of […]

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Come celebrate Earth Day with RiverLink

  Celebrate with us April 25th 11am – 3pm   Earth Day and Earth Week are annual reminders to appreciate the bounty of our Planet Earth.  Come celebrate with RiverLink’s EARTH DAY CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.  Enjoy an afternoon filled with exciting crafts, educational lessons, games, food and fun!  We will also be collecting and recycling used […]

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Interesting River History from the Transylvania Times

Davidson River Was Commercial Center By Marcy Thompson On Aug. 1, 1783 both James Davidson and Benjamin Davidson applied to the State of North Carolina for land along the French Broad River. The process completing these sales was not finalized until Nov. 16, 1790. They were the first settlers to own land in what would become Transylvania County. Benjamin Davidson’s […]

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Help support one of our Adopt-A-Stream teams if you can

Blue Ridge Treks Spring Cookout When – Sunday, April 12th – from 12:00 until 3:00 Where – The Bywater (so you know you’ll have fun!) 796 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801 How much – $20 for 1, $30 for 2 Food – Hickory Nut Gap Farm Burgers, Rosetta’s Veggie Burgers, sides and desserts! Music – […]

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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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Mountain X: Conservation in WNC — where we’re going, where we’ve been

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Cameron Huntley Rivers have been key to the development and survival of many cities, but getting people to understand their importance hasn’t always been easy. The story of the French Broad is one of transformation and survival. KarenCragnolin, executive director of RiverLink, describes the evolution of Asheville’s waterfront — from a thriving […]

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Images From The World’s Best Water Photographer …

From the LifeBuzz website. At first glance, these photographs look like looming mountains, standing guard over a dark universe found in a Tolkien novel. But look again: These images are actually the ocean’s waves, captured at their peak point of crash. It’s almost spooky how powerful they feel. Photographer Ray Collins is the man behind these amazing […]

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GizMag: Biggest shipping container restaurant in U.S. gets ready to take its first booking

A new restaurant due to open in the US is claimed to be the largest in the country to be built using shipping containers. The Smoky Park Supper Club in Asheville, North Carolina, is constructed from 19 containers and was built by shipping container construction firm SG Blocks. The Smoky Park Supper Club sits on […]

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Times-News: Grant will help protect French Broad headwaters

Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:46 p.m. A $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund has been awarded to the Virginia-based Conservation Fund, according to a news release issued by Duke Energy. The grant will help aid the Conservation Fund’s efforts in protecting the headwaters of the French Broad River in Transylvania […]

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Online Athens: Georgia might study Florida-to-Maine greenway proposal

ATLANTA | A bike and jogging path stretching from Maine to Florida took a step closer to fruition following the Georgia Senate’s passage of a study committee to investigate the Coastal Greenway proposal. The proposal calls for using abandoned rail rights of way, canal tow paths and parallel highways as it meanders along the coast. […]

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Charlotte Observer: Can Charlotte learn to love its lacework of small streams?

BY MARY NEWSOM, PLANCHARLOTTE.ORG 03/20/2015 11:42 AM If you live in Charlotte, you probably live near a creek, even if you don’t realize it. It’s a city filled with creeks. They begin in backyard ditches, storm drains, nature preserves and neglected no man’s lands. They lead, eventually, to the Atlantic Ocean. Mecklenburg County holds 3,000 miles […]

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Times-News: Henderson Commissioners agree to sell Bent Creek tract to Buncombe

By Nathaniel Axtell Times-News Staff Writer Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:39 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:39 p.m. Henderson County commissioners agreed Wednesday to sell Buncombe County a 137-acre tract of land on the French Broad River for an economic development project that could benefit both counties. Following a flurry of […]

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Mountain X: City Council shows further support for Asheville whitewater park

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Pat Barcas The proposed Asheville whitewater park hasn’t hit any rapids yet, as City Council showed general support for moving forward with further evaluations of the project at the March 24 meeting. A hard date wasn’t nailed down, but Council members said the next phase is an evaluation of how project fits into the River Arts District […]

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AC-T: How Asheville’s art scene is an economic engine

Arts & Crafts are one of the cornerstones of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan. RiverLink has long known and championed the value of arts to the region. ASHEVILLE – Calculating the monetary value of art has always been more of, well, an art rather than a science. But assessing the value of the arts as […]

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AC-T: Riverfront to get $50 million makeover

ASHEVILLE – Public spending on greenways, road rerouting and other infrastructure upgrades in and around what has become known as the city’s River Arts District will reach $50 million in the next six years, municipal staff involved with the projects say. That infusion of public funding into a once derelict industrial district will be accompanied […]

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Mountain Xpress: Asheville tries to keep pace with rising demands for sidewalks, bike lanes

By dang good journalist Jake Frankel Amid rising interest in transportation alternatives, local activists have been stepping up efforts to make Asheville safer for walking and biking. But while some strides have been made that are worth celebrating, the path to greater advances seems to be lined with historic neglect and budgetary hurdles. The city […]

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Medical Biohazard Containers Found Trashed In Arkansas River Near Ralston

Posted: Mar 16, 2015 1:38 PM EDT Updated: Mar 17, 2015 8:03 AM EDT By TESS MAUNE, NEWS ON 6 EMAIL PAWNEE COUNTY, Oklahoma – A disturbing discovery of syringes, needles and vials of blood have been found washing to shore along the Arkansas River.The medical waste has been found scattered on various banks between Ralston and Cleveland, and […]

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French Broad yields muskie that might have challenged record

Neal Osteen of Hendersonville wasn’t exactly surprised when he landed a monstrous, 51 inch muskie from the French Broad River on March 8, but was still overjoyed at landing his best muskie to date. A member of the WNC Muskie Club as well as a part-time guide, Osteen said that catching the huge fish, which […]

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Looking for a new bike to hit the greenways with?

By Nathan Poell – Mother Earth News Maybe the gleam of aluminum and shiny rubber broke your “thriftbone.” Maybe that rusty old Western Flyer finally gave out on you. Maybe you’d just like to use a saddle that hasn’t been broken in by someone else’s butt. For whatever reason, you’ve decided to purchase a new […]

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Scenic Cherokee Byway gets help with preserved vistas

Tonya Maxwell – Citizen Times A decade ago, a mountain holler along the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway, with its waterfall and a lake named Holiday, roiled with contention. Its uncertain future put two nonprofit groups at odds in a clash over money. The Greenville Civitan Club owned the 165 acres and said it needed […]

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Adventure of the week: Hike on Laurel River Trail

Karen Chavez – Citizen Times The Woodfin YMCA offers free guided hikes throughout the year to help get people pumped with fresh air while they are getting pumped with exercise. Hikes meet usually three times a month at the YMCA and hikers will carpool to the trailhead. “We started the hikes as a good way […]

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Muskie fishing is a hit in the FBR

“… the heart of muskellunge territory in the French Broad River runs through Henderson and Transylvania counties just across the state line from Greenville County. It’s as good a muskie fishery as any place in the country.” Read the rest of the story on the website of Greenville Online.

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The 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015

By: Stephanie Pearson & Tim Neville March 11, 2015 Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll […]

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Asheville area sunset hike

Friend of our AmeriCorps and local AmeriCorps member with SAHC, Kana Miller is leading a hike Thursday evening. Haw Creek Sunset Hike Haw Creek, just outside Asheville, NC Date: March 12 Time: 5:15 pm Difficulty: Moderate (5-6) Leaders: Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, warm layers, rain gear, water bottle, pre-dinner snacks, […]

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Spruce Pine Greenway follows trail of Overmountain Men

Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00 am By Starli McDowell / news@averyjournal.com The Spruce Pine Greenway will benefit our community and county in many ways. Construction is slated to begin summer 2015! The greenway will be a trail along Grassy Creek for walking, running, biking and will be compatible with strollers and wheel chairs so that everyone […]

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NC Seeks Public Comment on 10-Year Transportation Plan

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on its proposed 10-year, $15 billion State Transportation Improvement Program. The agency website notes that the plan unveiled in December envisions more than a thousand transportation projects with projects in all 100 North Carolina counties. The department said in a release that residents can comment on the plan through the agency’s Mindmixer […]

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On fracking and earthquakes …

Press release from the United States Geological Survey:  Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection Released: 2/19/2015 2:15:00 PM MENLO PARK, Calif.— A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas […]

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Map: These will be Europe’s most polluted cities by 2030

Rick Noack – Washington Post When Europeans talk about air pollution, they often think of India or China, but rarely consider their own continent to be at risk. And while levels of air pollution have decreased throughout Europe over the past decades, a new study by Austrian scientists concludes that smog is far from being defeated on the continent. Scientists with the International Institute for Applied Systems […]

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Sweetgum (What Time is it in Nature)

Chris Goforth NC Museum of Natural Sciences This week’s What Time is it in Nature is brought to you by Jacqueline Hogg, intern for the Museum’s Naturalist Center.  Jacqueline is a student at Salem College and is double majoring in Environmental Studies Conservation Ecology and Music Vocal Performance.  She thinks the Museum’s vast array of knowledge, […]

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Every Kid in a Park

National Park Foundation Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them! To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, […]

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The Wildlife Society Seeks Logo Entries for National Conference

Jodie B. Owen – NC Wildlife Resources Commision RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2015) — Got an eye for design and a fondness for wildlife? The North Carolina chapter of The Wildlife Society is seeking logo entries for the Society’s conference, which will be held in Raleigh in October 2016. The winning logo will be used to […]

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SPRING PEEPER

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) are small frogs common throughout North Carolina and most of the eastern US. Topping out at an inch and a half, these little frogs come in a variety of color forms, including tan, grey, yellow, pink, and orange. Spring Peepers generally remain well-hidden, but the X-shaped […]

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Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ  – NY Times For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the […]

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For Cleaner Water, Just Add Beer

The city of Boulder is teaming up with a local beer maker to use brewing byproducts to treat wastewater. By LAURA BLISS of The Atlantic. Leave it to Colorado to dream up a greener beer: The city of Boulder is teaming up with Avery Brewing Company to use weak wort—a sugar-water brewing byproduct—to help treat municipal wastewater. In a state with […]

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Driving Should Be an Option—And So Should Walking

F. Kaid Benfield – Mother Earth News The way our cities and suburbs are structured hampers healthy lifestyles. In People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (People Habitat Communications, 2014), F. Kaid Benfield outlines aspects of our current environment, infrastructure and culture that we can change to encourage healthier and greener living, while pointing out […]

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Asheville Pedestrian and Bicycle Task Force Meeting

A note from City of Asheville Transportation Planner Barb Mee. A reminder of the Asheville Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting this Thursday, February 26th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room, 100 Court Plaza, across from the middle block of Pack Square park. I hope to see you there! Barb […]

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Migration of Birds

The birds on the move this time of year, this will help you track them! While certain flight directions are consistently followed by migratory birds, it is well to remember that the term “migration route” is a generalization, a concept referring to the general movements of a species, rather than an exact course followed by […]

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The Life in Dead Trees

Terry Krautwurst – Mother Earth News Dead Trees Young autumn’s shorter days and colder nights soon will do their work shutting down the chlorophyll factories in the woody landscape, and the skies will rain bright leaves. We humans will look up and watch admiringly even as we stand in our yards holding rakes in blistered […]

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Plant spicebush, give a bird one more day!

maholley Audubon NC Imagine that you are a Wood Thrush, flying south for the winter. You fly all night long – as many as 300 miles in one night – and land before dawn in a suburban yard in North Carolina. You rest, and then after dawn look for food. If you find nothing but Privet berries, […]

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How wood in rivers affects flood risk

Simon Dixon The River Management Blog One of the key objectives of my PhD research at University of Southampton was to try and assess how changing volumes of wood in rivers affects the likelihood and magnitude of flooding. The amount of wood in rivers can increase for various reasons, such as artificial insertion in the river […]

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Stanford on Verge of Momentous Dam Decision

Steve Rothert  | Dams & Dam Removal, Most Endangered Rivers, Take Action After 15 years of pushing by American Rivers and partners such as Beyond Searsville Dam (BSD), Stanford University could finally start taking responsibility for the harm its water system causes to endangered steelhead trout and local streams. For over 100 years, Stanford has operated multiple dams and diversions in […]

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Just how big will Asheville get?

John Boyle, jboyle@citizen-times.com It’s a love affair with no end in sight, this relationship with Asheville. And it’s one that moves people — literally. They just keep moving here, about three people each day of each year, if you crunch the population and growth numbers. With Asheville seemingly landing on somebody’s superlatives list every week, […]

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Report: 8 Million Tons of Trash Added to Ocean Each Year

Report highlighted in Newsweek. For the first time, scientists have estimated how much plastic in the ocean comes from the land, as opposed to from ships and fishing vessels. And it’s not a small number. A study published in the journal Science calculates that 8 million tons of plastic trash makes its way into the ocean each year. […]

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Don’t forget about the Reel Paddling Film Festival this Thursday

Hosted by Headwaters Outfitters at Highland Brewing on Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m., the Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure […]

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Mountain Xpress: NC’s clean energy industry growing, Asheville a hub

By Carrie Eidson of the Xpress: A new report from the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association finds that North Carolina’s clean energy industry has grown 25 percent per year since 2012. The report found that the clean energy workforce is scattered throughout the state, but highlighted Asheville as one “cluster” for these jobs. The report, the North […]

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Many splendored things: Valentine’s events in and around Asheville

Alli Marshall Mountain Xpress To those who think the celebration of romantic love is just a Hallmark company construct: not quite. Since the 1700s, lovers have been giving each other handwritten cards, flowers and sweets. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced. But 200 years of tradition doesn’t mean you have […]

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Consultant ‘Favors’ Wilson Road Area For Water Plant in Brevard

From the website of The Transylvania Times. Editor’s Note: The Brevard City Council held its annual retreat Jan. 29-30 at the library. The following is the second story about the issues discussed and decisions made during the retreat. A consultant “slightly” favors, because of cost and other factors, the City of Brevard having a water intake pipe that would […]

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Old Tube tunnels could create London cycle network

There’s no possibility locally of something like this, but it’s a cool idea. From www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-02/06/london-underline/viewgallery/342362 Old Tube tunnels could create London cycle network A subterranean network of cycle superhighways could help ease London’s congestion problems. The scheme, known as London Underline, would repurpose disused tube tunnels, stations and reservoir chambers to reduce the number of cyclists […]

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WRAL: Uncertainty clouds coal ash picture one year after spill

By Mark Binker MILTON, N.C. — After dipping a few jars of water to test from the Dan River near the Virginia state line, North Carolina officials told reporters Friday that it appears the worst of the affects from the Feb. 2, 2014, coal ash spill near Eden may be over. “I’d eat a fish […]

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Another of the Carolina Public Press Forest Lookouts Series

Written by Jack Igelman for the Carolina Public Press on February 4, 2015 Pisgah, Nantahala remanagement plan raises the question, WNC communities debating the answer About the Forest Lookouts series This in-depth reporting series explores the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests which are – for the first time in 20 years – […]

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Time lapse of a meandering river …

Check out this 1984 — 2012 time lapse of the Ucayali River (about 68 miles north of Lake Titicaca, in the Arequipa region of Peru) , as it flows through the El Sira Communal Reserve in Peru.  

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Is social conscience worth the effort for WNC businesses?

Caitlin Byrd, cbyrd@citizen-times.com   ASHEVILLE – It’s one thing for a corporation to say it provides a living wage, uses solar energy and does business in a way that benefits the community, but a growing number of Asheville entrepreneurs want to make it official. “Corporations should be a guiding light for all of us. They shouldn’t […]

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Press Release: DENR announces leadership changes

 Slightly old news, but relevant. RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart announced today the appointment of Tom Reeder as assistant secretary for the environment and Mary Joan Pugh as interim assistant secretary for natural resources. Reeder succeeds Mitch Gillespie, who will serve as a department liaison […]

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River Talk with Barry Sulkin: Watch-dogging Wetlands Mitigation

RiverNetwork Each month (or so) River Network staff interviews a leader in world of river habitat protection and restoration. The idea behind this video series is to allow River Network Partners and others to share their lessons learned with their peers. In this edition of River Talk, we interview Barry Sulkin with Tennessee Public Employees […]

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Proposal to Protect Clean Water

USEPA Clean water is important – for drinking, swimming, and fishing. We need it for our communities, farms, and businesses. But right now 60 percent of the streams and millions of acres of wetlands across the country aren’t clearly protected from pollution and destruction. In fact, one in three Americans—117 million of us—get our drinking […]

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Grassroots group organizes against logging in Big Ivy

Jake Frankel Mountain Xpress A grassroots group is organizing against a U.S. Forest Service plan that would make it easier to log in a popular section of Pisgah National Forest in Buncombe County. A U.S. Forest Service proposal calls for designating most of the Big Ivy area near Barnardsville as a timber production management area. Before finalizing […]

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WATCH: Inside A Coal Ash Community That Can’t Use Its Tap Water

Read this story and watch the video on the website of ThinkProgress.org.  When Sherry Gobble gets anxiety, she’s generally not thinking about work or money. She’s thinking about something most Americans rarely consider: her tap water. “The hardest moments for me is when I’m laying awake in the middle of the night and I’m thinking […]

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3-year effort mapping Smokies streams now complete

Press release from Great Smoky Mountains National Park: The Middle Prong stream along the Ramsey Cascades Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park geographic information system specialists and scientists in collaboration with scientists from Tennessee, North Carolina, and the United States […]

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Don’t forget winter trout fishing in the mountains, where cold means hot

Craig Holt NC Sportsman Anglers often think winter isn’t a good time to fish for mountain trout, but guide Eugene Shuler of the Ela community near Bryson City said it’s actually the best time to land a trophy brown or rainbow. “Fishing’s surprisingly good up here,” he said. “The fly-fishing-only section of the Tuckasegee River […]

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Saluting RiverLink for a long, successful mission

Check out this awesome letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Letter: Salutes RiverLink for long, successful mission I am glad to see the River District often in the news now. I am thrilled to see so many people there, working, playing, shopping and eating. I am excited to have New Belgium coming and […]

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Rosman Water Worries Aired

Read the entire story on the website of The Transylvania Times by clicking here. By John Lanier Editor Last week the Rosman Board of Aldermen expressed concerns about being able to control their future water supply and its potential impact on the town. The aldermen have been discussing the possibility of constructing a water treatment plant for […]

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HuffPo: The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute) and Carl Ganter (Circle of Blue) 1. The California Drought Becomes an Emergency California’s multi-year drought grew dire enough in 2014 to prompt Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency in January. By the end of the year, California had experienced the driest and hottest 36 months in its 119-year instrumental record. Some researchers described the drought […]

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Check out the Reel Paddling Film Festival on Feb. 19

Hosted by Headwaters Outfitters at Highland Brewing on Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m., the Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure […]

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NYT: Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

By Carl Zimmer of the New York Times. A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” […]

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Nature Journal: Where do poisonous snakes go in winter?

George Ellison, Nature Journal In the Smokies region, we have two venomous species: timber rattlesnakes and northern copperheads. The cottonmouth moccasin is often reported, but it’s found no farther inland than about the fall line, which demarcates the outer piedmont from the inner coastal plain. Those reporting what they suppose to be cottonmouths are encountering […]

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State Clean Water trust funds conservation in WNC

Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com North Carolina drivers who like to flash vanity plates are probably doing more to help the state’s clean water and natural resources than they realize. Ten groups with conservation projects initially put on a waiting list for state Clean Water Management Trust Fund dollars have just received word that grant funds are […]

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Amazing Video Capturing the Great Smokies

Sea Raven Media – Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz Watch Amazing Great Smoky Mountain Video    

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Water Source for Almonds in California May Run Dry

By FELICITY BARRINGER The New York Times SACRAMENTO — California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production. But the growth coincides with another record development here — drought — and […]

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WLOS features RiverLink

See the video by clicking here. ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville’s waterways are looking even better Saturday thanks to some hard workers. Dozens of volunteers took on the Hominy Creek Greenway to clear out invasive species. It’s a project RiverLink started last summer. At least once a month, volunteers clear out those spaces to plant native […]

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting Thursday!

A note from City of Asheville Transportation Planner Barb Mee. A reminder of the Asheville Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting this Thursday, January 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room, 100 Court Plaza, across from the middle block of Pack Square park.  The agenda and a collection of news […]

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Two upcoming live shows celebrating John Muir

Jake Frankel Mountain Xpress MountainTrue is presenting two upcoming live shows that celebrate the life and adventures of John Muir, an early advocate of wilderness preservation in the U.S. The local nonprofit is bringing the traveling national shows to Flat Rock Playhouse Jan. 23 and Asheville Community Theatre Jan. 27. While each show is different, they […]

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New Study: Deadly Disease Threatens North America’s Largest Salamander

From a press release from The Center for Biological Diversity Fungus Widespread in Eastern Hellbenders of North Carolina CHARLOTTE, N.C.— A recently published study provides the first report of a deadly fungal disease in eastern hellbenders in western North Carolina. Once found in streams across the eastern United States, this fully aquatic salamander, which can […]

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National Park Entrance Fees Waived On King Day

Office of Communications NPS All national parks across the country will waive their entrance fees on Monday, January 19th, to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “We honor Dr. King and the tremendous impact of his life and teachings on the world,” said Director Jarvis. “He moved hearts and minds through his words and actions. […]

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Asheville paddler makes splash on ‘Ultimate Survival’

Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com A local paddling legend who has attacked barely boatable whitewater and waterfalls around the world, Scott “Cluck” McCleskey said all that river running was child’s play compared to ice-axing his way across the Alaskan wilderness. McCleskey makes his national TV debut as a new member of “Team Lower 48” on the third […]

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Asheville Council says no to fracking, asks state to re-instate ban

Pat Barcas Mountain Xpress On Tuesday night, Jan. 13, Asheville Council made its opinions known in regards to hydraulic fracturing throughout the state, region and city: They approved a resolution that asks North Carolina legislators to halt fracking operations. The resolution, approved through the consent agenda, calls on the state “not to explore future horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Western North Carolina, Buncombe […]

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The Nile Project brings multicultural music and sustainability-focused workshops to Asheville

Alli Marshall Mountain Xpress The Nile Project, a collective of more than a dozen musicians from various countries along the Nile River Basin, is embarking on its first tour of the Unites States. The January-May string of dates includes a two-day stop in Asheville. On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19, the group leads daytime […]

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North Carolina fracking rules challenged

by Bradley McAllister    Jurist.org [JURIST] Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly [advocacy website], filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court [official website] in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that developed the rules […]

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Gill lice found in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwaters streams

NCWRC Release Commission worried that copepods could damage native trout populations Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County. Staff with the Little Tennessee Land Trust found the gill lice in […]

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Study: Wind Is Biggest Weather Driver Of Great Lakes Algal Blooms

DANIEL KELLY Lake Scientist Scientists at Ohio State University have ranked the potency of weather changes in driving Great Lakes algal blooms, according to a release from the university. The most influential driver, they’ve found, is wind. Unlike other investigations that have zeroed in on the roles of algae-feeding nitrogen and phosphorus, the study takes a closer […]

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Recycle Electronics the Greener Way

Molly Wood A short video on electronics recycling, and how it helps keep hazardous waste out of waterways. Watch video here

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A History of Raleigh’s Water

By: ARIELLA MONTI Most people don’t give their drinking water too much thought. As long as it’s clean when it comes out of the faucet, all is well, right? Anyone familiar with my previous work with the Record knows I’m a water geek. It wasn’t always this way. Growing up on Long Island I was […]

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Mars: Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Finds Water

NASA’s Curiosity rover is continuing to help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars lost its surface water over the course of billions of years.  The rover drilled into a piece of Martian rock called Cumberland and found some ancient water hidden within it. Researchers were then able to test a key ratio in […]

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Sanctuary blossoms from zoo’s bleak past

Carol Motsinger, cmotsinger@citizen-times.com The cramped, cold metal animal cages of the Asheville Zoo were dismantled some 40 years ago. But the Western North Carolina Nature Center’s beginnings as an exotic menagerie are still present at the East Asheville city-run facility — just out of sight. Literally buried. The grave of Henrietta, a three-ton gentle Indian […]

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E.P.A. Issues Rules on Disposal of Coal Ash to Protect Water Supply

By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN  The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced the first federal guidelines for disposing of coal ash, instructing power plants to implement safeguards against contaminating nearby water supplies. But the agency did not require many of the restrictions that had been urged by environmentalists and other advocates, […]

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Water War reaches a new level of intensity

From LakeLanier.com: Governor Deal Hires Lawyers for Supreme Court Water War Fight On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal announced the hiring of additional lawyers to do battle at the Supreme Court with our neighboring states in the latest episode of the Water Wars. He also announced the establishment of an office for […]

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Hickory: Brownfield grants help put old buildings back on tax rolls

By Frank Bumb of The Hickory Record in Hickory, NC. HICKORY, N.C. – Hundreds of thousands of dollars are helping transform the legacy of Hickory’s past into engines of its future. Within Hickory and its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), more than 160 buildings could contain hazardous materials. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Program has, in the […]

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Take A Hike With Dave on January 11!

WHEN: January 11, 2015 @ 8:45 am – 1:00 pm View Full-Size Map   Add to Calendar Add to Google WHERE: RiverLink 170 Lyman Street Asheville,NC 28801 USA COST: FREE CONTACT: Dave828-252-8474 x11E-mail NATURE WALKS On Sunday, January 11, RiverLink’s Dave Russell will lead a hiking trip along Shining Creek. The hike will be one hour in […]

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Wilmington: Urban greenway may replace railbed

By Cole Dittmer of The Lumina News A greenway connection utilizing the rail bed stretching from North Third Street to McRae Street could be coming soon to downtown Wilmington. Wilmington City Council approved the concept of using the long abandoned rail bed for a public greenway and trail during its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting. Mike […]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Let’s all kick it in 2015!  

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New Year’s Day hikes offered at NC state parks

WRAL.com story North Carolina state parks and recreation areas are holding a “First Day Hikes” event on New Year’s Day. The tradition, which began three years ago, allows hikers to join rangers and volunteers to walk more than 10,000 miles on state park trails on Jan. 1. More than 40 hikes are scheduled, ranging from […]

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No More Faking It: Companies Ditch Green Credits, Clean Up Instead

Ben Elgin: BloombergBusinessweek, Companies and Industries It has been a near-magical tool allowing corporations to claim massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for very little cost. For years, thousands of companies have purchased renewable energy credits, known as RECs, to say they use green power and to shrink their carbon footprints. Now, as skepticism mounts about whether […]

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Los Angeles: City of Water

This is an opinion piece from the NY Times. Check this out: “The city now consumes less water than it did in 1970, while its population has grown by more than a third, to 3.9 million people from 2.8 million.” Whoever would’ve thought LA would be a model in water conservation? Read on by clicking […]

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Data Shows North Carolina’s Birds Will See Climate Change Impacts

A new Audubon Society study says most North American winter birds are migrating farther north than they did in the 1960s. Curtis Smalling is the North Carolina Mountain Office’s director of land bird conservation. He says population changes will sweep across North Carolina. “Everything form American oystercatchers, Brown Pelicans at the coast to brown-headed nuthatches […]

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Underground helium travels to the Earth’s surface via aquifers, new study says

Before it can put the party in party balloons, helium is carried from deep within the Earth’s crust to the surface via aquifers, according to new research published this week in Nature Geosciences. Aquifers, underground water formations that provide water to millions of people around the world, contain water that has filtered there over hundreds […]

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Cities look to farms for help in Colorado River drought

West’s biggest water agencies finalize a major agreement to boost Lake Mead levels. As the Colorado River grinds into what could be its 15th year of drought, the West’s biggest water agencies are finalizing a major new agreement to boost water levels in Lake Mead, on the Arizona-Nevada border. Water bosses will likely announce the […]

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Scientists prepare to issue sea-level rise forecasts for NC coastline

North Carolina scientists mapping future sea-level rise will have their last public meeting Monday before the group issues its much-anticipated projections this month to prepare coastal residents for increased flooding and more violent storm surges. The science panel’s report will be the first of its kind in the nation. Rather than providing a single sea-level […]

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Partners in Protecting Our Water segment #3 Pollution Prevention

Delaware Riverkeeper is working on sending similar messages out in Delaware, that RiverLink is getting out here in Asheville! This video from the Partners in Protecting Our Waters examines some of the everyday pollutants that degrade waterways. The segment looks at efforts to monitor the health of one urban waterway. Watch Video

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The Guardian: Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time

This is an interesting and disturbing article with some really good graphics. The concept of making producers of plastic responsible for recycling it is a good idea. More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found. […]

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World’s Largest River Diversion Project Now Pipes Water to Beijing

Christina Larson: Bloomberg Businessweek, Global Economics On Friday, Dec. 12, for the first time, Beijing residents who turned on their faucets to rinse vegetables or take showers may have been using water piped to the arid capital from distant Hubei province. The middle leg of China’s ambitious and controversial South to North Water Project—the world’s […]

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RiverLink Seeks Land Trust Accreditation

In 2015, we are submitting our application to become an Accredited Land Trust. RiverLink has worked to revitalize and protect the French Broad River and its watershed the past 28 years utilizing conservation and recreation (along with other important tools) easements to protect water quality, wildlife, and preserve natural history. Becoming an Accredited Land Trust […]

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Discover Magazine on A Surfeit of Salamanders: An Imagined Picture Book

If ever there was a scientific study that deserved to be a children’s picture book, this was it. Scientists belly-crawled through the forests of the Ozarks, flipping stones and looking for slimy things that wriggled away from them. They learned that the forest is secretly packed with salamanders in unfathomable numbers, as many as 10 […]

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Foresters look at draft plans for Pisgah National Forest

By Tonya Maxwell Greenville News In a corner of Pisgah National Forest, Kevin Guinn readied his chainsaw to cut wood from a field tangled with logs and heavy branches. The debris left behind by loggers was too small to be profitable but good enough for Guinn to fuel his wood-burning furnace, even if he didn’t […]

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House Spending Bill Blocks US Funding For The UN’s ‘Green Climate Fund’

An “omnibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through October 2015 throws up roadblocks for the Obama administration’s climate agenda, namely by blocking taxpayer dollars from going to the United Nations global warming fund. The House’s $1.1 trillion spending bill will prevent President Obama from fulfilling his pledge to give $3 billion to the […]

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Small sewage spill found near Asheville greenway

ASHEVILLE – A small sewage spill found Monday near the popular Reed Creek Greenway on the east side of Montford appears to stem from a plumbing mixup at a nearby home, a worker with a nonprofit that monitors the stream says. A volunteer noticed human feces and toilet paper in the stream near the intersection […]

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Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water. LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah’s Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off what used to be the end of the San Juan […]

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Traffic greatest challenge to huge Glenwood Place plan, council says

RALEIGH — Glenwood Place could be everything Raleigh wants in a new shopping center. The proposed redevelopment, announced late last week, mixes offices, apartments and a hotel, all bundled at one of the “growth centers” identified in city plans. Its location, however, may be as much a curse as a blessing. The 42-acre site sits […]

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Corn Belt Pollution: Louisiana Shrimp And Oysters Pay The Price

The Croatian Pride pushes off the dock and cuts slowly through the grey Gulf of Mexico, its engine growling. The air hangs thick and steamy, and the movement of the 40-foot oyster boat brings relief as it breezes past marshy areas where blue herons stand sentinel. The boat’s captain, John Tesvich, is a fourth generation […]

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Moshe Alamaro From Department Of Planetary Sciences At MIT: Hard Wisdom For Scarce Water

In California, residential consumers are being fined for wasting water. The goal is to combat a severe drought by reducing residential consumption by 20%. The trouble is that residential water use accounts for less than 15% of total consumption. The rest is used mainly for agriculture. Even if the desired cuts are achieved, they will […]

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NASA Photos Let You Watch the World Change In Seconds

Every day, weather, humans and natural phenomena team up to transform Earth’s landscape. And now, thanks to NASA’s “World of Change” series, you can see years of global change unfold in just seconds. That’s because the space agency has been stringing together years of satellite photos into nifty animations that show the Earth changing over […]

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Important Facts and Tips about Water Conservation You Should Know – Bonus: Water Conservation Tips

Are you concerned about water? Here are some important tips to help you stop wasting this powerful resource. Important facts about water conservation. Water scarcity can be scary. Water conservation ideas. Watch video here

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Wavelet analysis of lunar semidiurnal tidal influence on selected inland rivers across the globe

The lunar semidiurnal influence is already known for tidal rivers. The moon also influences inland rivers at a monthly scale through precipitation. We show that, for some non-tidal rivers, with special geological conditions, the lunar semidiurnal tidal oscillation can be detected. The moon has semidiurnal tidal influence on groundwater, which will then export it to […]

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Drinkable rocks: Plants can use crystallization water from gypsum

Some minerals hold water in their crystalline structure. Such is the case of gypsum (CaSO4•2H2O), a rock-forming mineral present in five continents that is particularly prevalent in the arid and semi-arid regions of Africa and Western and Central Asia1. Crystallization water can account for up to 20.8% of gypsum’s weight2, and these water molecules can […]

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In New Drainage Projects, Long-Buried Urban Streams See the Light Again

WASHINGTON—A small stream gurgles under a historic stone bridge, once used by Revolutionary War patriots to transport supplies. For more than a century, the bridge was bricked up, the stream beneath it just a dry, eroded channel. As in many places, this tributary of the Broad Branch stream had been forced underground around the turn of the […]

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Jessica Williams, Water Hoarding

Comedian Jessica Williams (The Daily Show/Comedy Central) chimes in about the water shutoffs in Detroit. Of course the crisis mostly affects Detroit’s poorest residents. “Jessica Williams investigates Detroit’s aggressive water shutoff program that targets many of the city’s poorest residents while leaving large commercial properties unscathed.” Watch Video Here

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Far, Far Below Ground, Directing Water to New York City Taps

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — City government often looks small. Petty, even. The parking ticket. The real estate tax bill. Sanitary inspection grades. Window-guard surveys. The fruitless call to 311 at 2 a.m. to complain about jackhammers outside. From here, however, government doesn’t look petty at all — here being the bottom of a 350-foot-deep, 35-foot-diameter shaft […]

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CofA Transportation Meeting Reminder

The following is an email from City of Asheville Transportation Planner Barb Mee:   This is a reminder of this Thursday’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting at 5:30 p.m. In the Asheville Fire and Rescue training room, 100 Court Plaza downtown, between Spruce and Market Streets.  It is across from the middle block of […]

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Has Asheville’s $5M environmental effort been worth it?

ASHEVILLE – This city has long been known for its “green” vibe, where recycling is seen as a moral imperative and bicycle racks are bursting on warm days. It was in 2007, though, that a watershed moment emerged for Asheville environmentalism. The City Council voted 6-1 to join the fight against climate change, cutting atmosphere-warming […]

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Groundwater security, for the long term

Under recently enacted legislation, local agencies in California are required for the first time to manage groundwater pumping and recharge sustainably. The law empowers local groundwater agencies to manage and use groundwater “without causing undesirable results,” leaving it up to them to determine how to best achieve this goal. Within the next six to eight […]

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Protecting the Roots of Rivers

Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of these structures can affect the health of the tree itself. A river system works in much the same way. Rivers don’t start in just one place, but rather arise from a network of small […]

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Water quality trading may be limited for farmers

EPA, which has been working intensely with states to reduce the nutrient load in the Chesapeake Bay, also has turned its attention to the Mississippi River Basin. The agency believes that water quality trading can help reduce nutrient and sediment runoff. A water quality trading program, as envisioned by EPA, operates like a cap-and-trade program. […]

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Protecting Tennessee Hatchie River

Flowing through Tennessee are 30 rivers so polluted that citizens cannot consume the fish that live in them. If the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) approves a permit for Brownsville Energy Authority (permit number TN0062367), the Hatchie Scenic River may become number 31. TDEC proposes to approve the Brownsville Energy permit using state […]

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The Choice is Yours: Clean or Green Water

Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water. Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that are natural parts of aquatic ecosystems. Nitrogen is also the most abundant element in the air we breathe. Nitrogen and phosphorus support the […]

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New sport based on Asian Carp invasion — Skarping

We posted several blog entries about the Asian Carp that have invaded northern waterways, including videos of them jumping like mad when boats motor past. Check out this awesome new “sport” that has cropped up based on their jumping nature: Click here to see a .gif.    

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Climate Change Worsens Dead Zones in Seas, Lakes and Rivers: Study

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. The resulting explosion of microbes leaves the water depleted of oxygen. The study, published […]

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How to use rain barrels for rain water harvesting

Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that. With the rising price of municipal water […]

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From Lettuce to Beef, What’s the Water Footprint of Your Food?

TreeHugger has been highlighting various aspects of the worldwide water crisis for the past few weeks, so it seems appropriate to look at the water footprint of common food items. Keeping in mind that the water footprint of you food is only a part of the environmental impact of your diet –land use, fertilizer use […]

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Facing its long-term water needs, Raleigh looks to Johnston County for help

RALEIGH — Raleigh sits nearly atop the Neuse River. It’s the largest presence in the river’s basin, drawing out drinking water for close to half a million people before the brown-green Neuse falls from the Falls Lake Dam and past a string of smaller cities downstream on the way to the coast. The Southeast’s rainy climate […]

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National Water-Use at Lowest Levels since before 1970

Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal/d […]

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Interesting blog entry on Turkey and Hog Drives

At the end of summer, farmers would round up their turkeys or hogs to get them ready for market. Usually hogs and turkeys were allowed to run run loose and forage for themselves in the warm summer months. When the animals were sufficiently fattened for the long journey to market, the drovers would begin their […]

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Why Did the Fish Cross the Road?

Fish Friendly, Flood Resilient & Cost Effective: Connecting Roads, Streams and Partners. When we are working to restore our rivers we are always talking about bringing together partners and increasingly those partnerships are broadening, particularly when we think about the nexus of roads and rivers. Across the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of […]

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Webinars abound on clean water and wetland issues!

I suddenly feel overwhelmed with the number of interesting, important webinars on clean water issues over the next few weeks. If you’re like me, it’s hard to keep track. Here’s a quick list of some of the more interesting options I’ve come across: Waters of the US Rulemaking: What it Means for Tribal Governments Hosted […]

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RiverLink Gifts for Giving!

Giving Tuesday, December 2, 2014 is a global day dedicated to giving back.  During this Holiday Season please remember to give back to your community.  As a Thank you this year RiverLink is excited to offer gift packages for your donations. Our donation gift packages and greenway deeds of support  make great gifts for the […]

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Best Rivers in the Fall – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast

It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors. While we love river in every season, for some, the color show of Fall holds a special place. Check out our recommendations for top rivers for Fall color on the East Coast. We’ll move West on the next […]

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Safe Water for ‘Hearts of the Father’ orphanage in Old Ningo, Ghana

Our Volunteer Coordinator here at RiverLink is also a part of this organization and is very proud of all that they accomplish in Ghana. Today, nearly one billion people – about one in eight – lack access to clean water. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet. Nearly […]

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Water productivity: Not a helpful indicator of farm-level optimization

Many authors in recent years have suggested that increases in water productivity are needed to ensure food security in 2050 and beyond.1,2,3,4 Some authors call for increasing the ‘crop per drop’ or ‘value per drop,’ generated with water in agriculture in rainfed and irrigated settings.5,6 Those phrases are essentially analogous to the notion of increasing […]

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Shake It Off & Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Americans Expect Clean Water

Americans Expect Their Elected Officials to Protect Clean Water “The new Congress could be one of the most hostile to clean water and other environmental concerns, based on the new leadership’s extreme anti-environment records and positions. But that’s not what the American people want, and it’s not what they voted for.”  – Bob Wendelgass, Clean […]

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HOW TO HARVEST RAINWATER

In this arid land, when it rains, it really does pour. Residents who hope to take advantage of this free, yet ephemeral water have begun a revival in the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting, which involves capturing and storing rainwater near where it falls. It’s no surprise that people are interested: harvesting rainwater can save […]

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Action! Clean Water Protection Rule Comment Tools and Help

As you are probably well aware, the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule (aka Waters of the US Rule) is coming up quickly – November 14….that’s this Friday! We hope you all are working on comments for the docket, and want to offer some help. Here are a few tips […]

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Thunderclap for Clean Water!

EPA is planning to use a new social media application called Thunderclap to provide a way for people to show their support for clean water and the agency’s proposal to protect it. This is a quick and easy way to support the important new rulemaking we’ve told you so much about over the summer. Here’s […]

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3D Printed Aquapura Filters Saltwater: Kickstarter Campaign Aims to End World’s Fresh Water Shortage

Frederick Janson plans to use 3D printing in facing one of the oldest and biggest challenges of the world: providing more fresh drinking water to the masses. With over 98% of the world’s water in the form of saltwater, the obvious plan of attack is in converting that to fresh water. How difficult could it […]

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The Pit: Largest Toxic Waste Site in the USA

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Look to river smallmouth

The river water was clear and flowing smoothly. The paddle downstream was easy. The sandy bottom, highlighted with dark rocks, provided the perfect backdrop to spot the silhouettes of the fish swimming in the breaks. My plastic crawfish lure was too much for the bass to resist. The fish hit the bait with the ferocity […]

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Water Efficiency Guidelines for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast

Providing a clean and reliable water supply is of growing concern for many Southeastern communities, as well as communities across the United States. Among the available solutions, reservoirs, created by damming rivers to capture and store water, are often the first choice of water utilities. Water supply reservoirs are viewed as a quick fix, but […]

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How Sprawl Affects Water Supply

It’s Not Just The Rain! According to the United States Geological Survey, groundwater provides about 40% of our public water supply and an additional 40 million people get their drinking water from wells. Groundwater is not only an important source of drinking water in every state – groundwater levels are important to people who rely […]

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Still No Asian Carp in Great Lakes

Environmentalists, ecologists and others say the carp could decimate food chains and habitats in the Great Lakes. KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 27 (UPI) — Earlier this month, water from the Kalamazoo River in Michigan’s Allegan County tested positive for genetic materials from Asian carp. The results had some local natural resource officials and conservationists worried that […]

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Hidden Rivers: a film series about the vibrant waters of Southern Appalachia

An immersive media campaign from Freshwaters Illustrated The rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachia are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and host globally unique groups of fish, amphibians, crayfish, mussels, and more… most of them virtually unseen and unknown to most Americans. As aquatic documentarians, we see in these waters an […]

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EPA Administrator is Working to Protect Economic Health

You probably know the importance of clean water when it comes to your health, but did you know that clean water is also imperative to the health of our economy? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote about the importance of clean water for economic growth in her op-ed that appeared in the Huffington Post September 29, 2014. The […]

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9 boat take outs on the French Broad River near Asheville

French Broad River Asheville, NC Area – 9 Put Ins & Take Outs – Glen River Bridge to Walnut Island   Watch Video

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French Broad River gets clean water project funding

Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of local land trusts, is one of the recipients of $1.9 million in environmental grants to help protect North Carolina’s waterways, wildlife habitat and water quality, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today, Thursday, Oct. 23. (The Attorney General’s Office is now accepting applications for the next round of Environmental Enhancement […]

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The Last Dragons – Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders

An intimate glimpse at North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality…. and in many waters, myths are all that remain of these sentinel stream-dwellers. 9 min. Closed Captioned in English & Spanish. Produced by Freshwaters Illustrated in Partnership with the US Forest Service Other Films in […]

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Next round of Pisgah, Nantahala national forest planning meetings underway

Press release from the National Forests in North Carolina, a division of the U.S. Forest Service: A 10-to-15-year management plan is under development for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Jack Igelman/Carolina Public Press The National Forests in North Carolina will be holding the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information […]

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October 30: New research about harmful algal blooms

Please join experts from the EPA for a live webcast on new research about cyanobacteria, nutrients and lakes. Dr. Jeff Hollister, Dr. Betty Kreakie, and Dr. Farnaz Nojavan from from US EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division will provide an overview of the research and go into details on the ecological modeling of cyanobacterial blooms in US […]

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The Comprehensive CreekCare Program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive CreekCare program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that tackles water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain […]

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Scientists can now see fracker’s “fingerprints” all over polluted water

People are getting sick all across fracking country, and many are blaming theirmysterious illnesses — headaches, excruciating rashes, even liver damage — on the chemicals oil and gas companies have been pumping into the earth. But thanks to trade-secret laws, which allow companies to stay mum about the chemicals in their fracking fluid, it’s been difficult to pin […]

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Water, Energy and other resources

By Dave Elliott Energy resources aren’t the only thing we are running short of. Water resources could be the next big issue. And conventional energy systems have a big impact on that and will be affected by water scarcity. All thermal/steam raising energy systems need cooling, and maintaining access to water is likely to become […]

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Aguanomics

A few thoughts on California’s Proposition 1 California Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471), is on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Here are my few thoughts on this $7+ billion bond.* NB: I am ignoring the (possible and probably likely) existence of federal, state and local laws and financing relating to these topics; […]

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10 ways to get your kids out in nature, and why it matters

We awaken to the gurgling sound of a small creek; even with the windows closed, the gentle sounds of the rhythm of water making its way downhill reaches my boys and pulls them outside to explore. After two long days of travel and a pitch black night time arrival, they are eager to see what […]

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Asheville’s Roundhouse Matters to Many

ASHEVILLE – The roundhouse is missable. The 90-year-old building appears as an undistinguished structure of glass and brick from the lanes of busy Meadow Road in Asheville’s River Arts District. But the building will also be missed, as evidenced by public outcry after Norfolk Southern acknowledged earlier this month that it plans to demolish the […]

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Bike/Pedestrian Task Force meets Thursday, 10-23

This is a reminder of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meeting this Thursday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room (room 402), 100 Court Plaza, downtown. Liz is preparing the agenda, so please let her know if there is something you want her to add to it. The […]

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Storm Drain Marking Project

  Do you know where the water that flows into a storm drain goes? This water does not go to a treatment plant but flows directly into our streams, lakes, and rivers. Many people poor oil, paint, yard waste, and other pollutants into the storm drain because they think the water will be treated before […]

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What’s the smell in Asheville city water?

Recently, a chemical smell began to be in the Asheville city water. What is the new additive, what is it for and how long will it be there? Leslie Carreiro, superintendent of water production/water quality with the Asheville Water Resources Department, said without talking directly with the customer it’s tough to know for sure, but […]

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Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests

AMHERST, Mass. – Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21,000 year ago, oceanographer Alan Condron of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida. The models […]

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The Risks of Cheap Water

This summer, California’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime. Next door, in Nevada, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes and businesses to pull out their lawns. It will get worse. As climate change and population growth further stress […]

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This Is How Much Water It Takes To Make Your Favorite Foods

Extensive drought has Californians thinking twice about running the tap while brushing their teeth or taking that 20-minute shower. But what some people don’t realize is that a huge portion of our water footprint is “hidden,” meaning it’s used for the things we eat or wear, and for the energy we use. Globally, agricultural production […]

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The US, South Africa and Australia are turning wastewater into drinking water

Of all the clean water that our cities consume, roughly half of it flows down our sewers to sewage treatment plants where it is treated and released back to the environment. Conventional sewage treatment plants are designed to clean this water to a degree that can be discharged to rivers or the ocean without major […]

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French Broad River Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services

Looking for information on the level of the French Broad River?  Current, past and future levels can be found here thanks to NOAA.  Stay up to date on information regarding the river, and learn what water levels are dangerous to our city. More information here

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On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows

Dov Sax of Brown University and Jason Fridley of Syracuse University aren’t proposing a novel idea to explain species invasiveness. In fact, Charles Darwin articulated it first. What’s new about Sax and Fridley’s “Evolutionary Imbalance Hypothesis” (EIH) is that they’ve tested it using quantifiable evidence and report in Global Ecology and Biogeography that the EIH works well. […]

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Our cities’ water systems are becoming obsolete. What will replace them?

Most of us in the United States don’t give much thought to our drinking water. When we turn on our faucets, clean drinking water comes out. When we flush our toilets, the waste goes away. Simple, right? But as David Sedlak explains in his fascinating book, Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s […]

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WNC Stormwater Summit and Friends of The River Awards Dinner

Land of Sky Regional Council is pleased to host the first ever WNC Stormwater Summit on October 14 and 15, 2014 at the NC Arboretum. The Summit will feature innovative stormwater practices, and applicable design, installation, operation and maintenance suited to our region. Technical experts will discuss long-term benefits and costs, regulatory requirements, and new techniques for treatment and […]

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“Nobody’s River” Film Launch

Congratulations to the intrepid filmmakers Becca Dennis, Sabra Purdy, Amber Valenti, Krystle Wright and Skip Armstrong on today’s launch of their documentary film Nobody’s River. The film follows the team on a kayaking expedition down the Amur – one of the world’s largest free-flowing rivers – that traverses Mongolia, China, and Russia. Beautifully shot, deeply […]

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Rethinking a Dammed Nation

It was kind of embarrassing how little I knew about dams when I started working on this film… Dams don’t just blend in as part of the landscape to me anymore. Knowing what I know now, it’s impossible for me to look at dams the same way I did a few years ago or even […]

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Water Quality and Future Generations: Deb Swackhamer at TEDxUMN

Watch Video Here Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer is Professor in Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Co-Director of the University’s Water Resources Center. She also is Professor in Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, and is trained as an environmental chemist. She joined […]

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Fracking in WNC

The twisting tale of how the state legislature sold out our mountains for private gain, why it matters, and what you can do about it Above: a map of potential fracking areas in N.C., map courtesy of WNC Frack Free “We promised the people of North Carolina we were not going to move forward with […]

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Federal Agencies Announce 5-Year Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan

Chicago, Ill. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitat in the largest surface fresh water system in the […]

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Principles for protecting freshwater resources and biodiversity during a low-carbon energy transition

Energy production systems require water inputs to produce and transform energy resources. Growing populations need fresh water for drinking and agriculture. These linkages have been much explored in technology, research, and policy. Freshwater biodiversity, however, also depends upon naturally flowing and clean water in which to thrive, and these freshwater ecosystems are impacted by human […]

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Duke Energy creates $10 million waterway fund

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Duke Energy says it’s creating a $10 million fund for programs to improve and promote water quality and conservation in five states. Duke president Lynn Good said Wednesday the fund reflects the company’s commitment to the environment. Nonprofit groups and local governments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia can apply […]

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Of time and the River, a special benefit art sale, is open Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 — 5

If you missed the opening gala (see invite below), there is still time to support RiverLink and deck the walls of your home at the same time. Click here for a map and come by this awesome event space Friday (Oct. 24), Saturday (Oct. 25), and Sunday, (Oct. 26) to check it out. Hours are 10 a.m. […]

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Ecusta Trail video touts greenway benefits

By Bill Moss of the Hendersonville Lightning, published September 8, 2014 Advocates of the proposed Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail trail have launched a campaign to educate the public about the project, using a new video that highlights the project’s economic benefits. “The purpose of (the video) was to show to folks — primarily civic leaders and community […]

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Ditch the Myth

Let’s get serious about protecting clean water This page addresses concerns and misconceptions about the proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect clean water. The proposed rule clarifies protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water […]

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When to increase urban water supply? And at what price?

Many of the world’s urban centers have increasing populations and are close to their capacity to deliver residential water. In locations such as the US South West, Spain and Southern Australia, the problems of meeting water demands are compounded by extended periods of low inflows into catchments and dams. Responding to this challenge involves balancing […]

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Saving the French Broad River: Naysayers, start paddling

For most people, their sense of “history” begins when they arrive somewhere. So, here is my history of the French Broad River and what has evolved along it since 1986, when I started working for RiverLink When I arrived in Asheville, I didn’t even know there was a river. The downtown was dead and scary, […]

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Note from City of Asheville Transportation Planner Barb Mee

Just a quick reminder of the Asheville Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting this Thursday, September 25, at 5:30 pm.  It is held in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room, 100 Court Plaza, room 402.  It is across the street from the middle block of Pack Square Park.  All are welcome.  The agenda is […]

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McDowell County: Work on phase two of the greenway begins

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 By Mike Conley of McDowellNews.com. Construction work for the second phase of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway is now underway. In July, the Marion City Council awarded the construction bid for the second phase of the greenway along the Catawba River. The contract was awarded to Baker Grading and Landscaping […]

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Littleton has dreams for South Platte River of recreation, development

Littleton wants better public access to the South Platte River to be part of the city’s effort to make the natural amenity more of a driveway to the community than a back door. That updated view is enshrined in the city’s recently-revised comprehensive plan and has directed the city to think of two projects, one […]

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Water weed spreading in the Eno

A “class A noxious weed” is spreading in the Eno River, and could eventually make its way into Fall Lake, Raleigh’s primary source of drinking water, local and state officials say. The aquatic plant hydrilla is moving downriver at the rate of up to a mile per year, research by N.C. State University and the […]

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EcoFocus: Clean Water Act cleanup

I spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid in southern Michigan in the 1960s and ’70s. The river in my hometown was a sour-smelling mess the color and consistency of potato soup, the miles of enticing beaches along nearby Lake Erie were never once open for swimming, and I was familiar with the […]

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Establishing requirements to control nonpoint source pollution under the U.S. Clean Water Act: The role of public participation

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is a federal law of the United States that governs the protection of surface waters from pollution. Enacted in 1972, the CWA was established to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of [U.S.] waters.” At the time of its enactment, two key goals of the CWA were […]

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North Carolina Coastal Federation teaches people how to help preserve waterways

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The City of Wilmington and other organizations have been working to improve water quality through different best management practices. Now, the North Carolina Coastal Federation is spreading the word about how people can help this cause on their own property. “We live in a beautiful area here,” Andy McGlinn said. McGlinn and his wife moved […]

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Volunteers Needed for October 3rd to Work With Owen High School Students

On October 3rd RiverLink will be leading a field trip with Owen High School students to investigate the water quality of the Swannanoa River. We will be using chemical tests to look at the pH, nitrate, and phosphates in the river. We will also be looking for macro-invertebrates in the water to determine the health […]

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The lure of the Roanoke

Paddling/camping on the river can be a joy Seventeen rivers flow through North Carolina, and while each has its unique characteristics and attractions, for a paddler, the Roanoke has to be near the top of the list. The Roanoke is 410 miles long, with its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. But from […]

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Let the River Run Wild

IF the Chesapeake Bay is America’s Estuary, then its largest tributary, the Susquehanna River, could arguably be called America’s River. But we certainly don’t treat it as a national treasure: This once magnificent watercourse, which runs through New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland toward the coast, is today an ecological disaster — largely thanks to four […]

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Drought not just a California problem

“It never rains in California,” Albert Hammond sang in the chorus of his 1972 hit single. In recent winters, it doesn’t snow much, either. And that’s a big problem, not just for the Golden State but for the whole nation. California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts of the past […]

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Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

Craft beer sales have been growing by double digits, even as overall beer sales have flattened. And several independent craft beer makers — all based in the Western U.S. — are expanding production to the East. But to keep the flavor true, they have to tinker with beer’s main ingredient: water. Every day, a half-dozen […]

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RiverMusic tomorrow, y’all ….

RiverLink’s RiverMusic concludes Sept. 12 with a night of bluegrass/Americana RiverLink’s 2014 RiverMusic summer concert series continues at 5 p.m. on September 12 at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District.  This fifth and final concert of 2014 is an (almost) all acoustic extravaganza with three acts that offer creative revisions of America’s great […]

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Volunteers clean streams statewide

Old rusted bikes and tractor tires are not what most people would expect to find in their local waterways, but volunteers participating in the North Carolina Big Sweep with the Environmental & Conservation Organization jumped into nearby creeks and streams Saturday, pulling out an array of discarded items. More than a dozen teams stretched across […]

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Hurricanes Frances, Ivan: Impact lingers 10 years later

A decade later, the numbers remain astounding. Eleven deaths across Western North Carolina. One hundred and forty homes destroyed, another 16,234 damaged. More than $200 million in total damages, including $87 million in lost tourism. In September 2004, the remnants of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan, arriving nine days apart, delivered a one-two gut punch to […]

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Ecusta Trail advocates launch education campaign

From the Hendersonville Lightning. By Bill Moss, Published: September 8, 2014 Advocates of the proposed Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail trail have launched a campaign to educate the public about the project, using a new video that highlights the project’s economic benefits. “The purpose of (the video) was to show to folks — primarily civic leaders and community […]

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Groundbreaking Study Shows How Demand for Water Could Impact Fracking Worldwide

On World Water Day, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has released a study that maps for the first time the water resources available to support fracking in the world’s largest shale exploration areas. The study, “Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risk,” found that 40 percent of countries with the largest shale energy […]

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This Week at Interior

Here’s what happened this week at Interior: Deputy Secretary Mike Connor takes part in a watershed restoration agreement in Arizona, and tours the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho; the USGS says an experimental earthquake warning system worked as planned during this week’s quake in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Land and Water […]

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Groundwater depletion causing California to gain elevation

The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused so much loss of groundwater that the Earth, on average, has lifted up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months, according to a new study. The situation was even worse in the snow-starved mountains of California, where the Earth rose up to 0.6 inches. Researchers […]

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Bicycle and Pedestrian task force meeting and other notes from Barb Mee

This is a reminder of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meeting this Thursday, August 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room (room 402), 100 Court Plaza, downtown.  All are welcome.  If you drive, there is parking available on the street (meters must be fed until 6 p.m.), or in […]

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Mt. Airy: Additional $300,000 needed for greenway work

A greenway connector in Mount Airy which officials already have said could cost up to $4.5 million apparently will have an even higher price tag due to related stream stabilization. The city board of commissioners is expected to vote at a meeting tonight to state the need for an additional $300,000 in funding for the […]

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Long walk ahead: Asheville falls short of sidewalk construction goals

Asheville has constructed about 18 miles of new sidewalks since 2006, but that’s a far cry from what advocates say is needed to improve pedestrian safety in the city’s neighborhoods. A new report released by city government shows that it’s fallen well short of its goal of building 108 miles of sidewalk. A 5-year $132 million Capital […]

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Nation’s conservation fund at risk

W hen Jay Leutze hikes in the pristine Highlands of Roan, he sees the stunning landscape as “grassy islands in the sky.” But he doesn’t have to go far for a view of what can happen to wild places when they’re not protected from development. “If you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway at night in […]

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Learn how artists can become city art contractors, Aug. 26, Sept. 25, Oct. 29

Join RiverLink and Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city. We are pleased to offer these special  two hour interactive FREE  information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12. The next program will be held on August 26, with subsequent […]

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Peak Water, Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens

This whole article is great, but the part about water is really interesting: We know water is essential for the survival of all life – but it’s not just about drinking water. Seventy percent of world’s freshwater use is for irrigation. While each person drinks an average of one liter of water daily, it takes […]

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N&O: NC environment commission slams DENR over stream rules

RALEIGH — Members of the N.C. Environmental Management Commission scolded the state’s environmental regulatory agency on Thursday for privately rewriting new stream protection rules that the commission had approved last year after a lengthy process. “That cannot happen again,” said commission Chairman Benne Hutson, an attorney from Charlotte. “We need to know what’s going on, and […]

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Cool Greensboro news: Developers strip down Revolution Mill; plan to revive it

GREENSBORO — Two tiny figures stand to the left in a large black-and-white photograph hanging on a wall in Revolution Mill. They are Moses and Ceasar Cone. Wearing their fine clothes, they survey hundreds of workers climbing on, under and around the textile machinery that would put Greensboro on the map and build the Cones […]

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N&O: Toledo’s water problems offer NC a warning

Toledo, Ohio, is more than 600 miles from the Triangle, but when it comes to water quality, the two are as close as reaching for a glass of tap water. The Ohio city made headlines this week when its drinking water was found unsafe. The culprit was a poisonous algae bloom in Lake Erie just […]

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French Broad smallmouth fishing producing good numbers

From the website of the North Carolina Sportsman. Where can anglers find all-day action in a comfortable setting in North Carolina, pass through wonderful scenery and make frequent stops to enjoy a cooling dip? Try the French Broad River as it flows from Asheville toward the Tennessee border. “The fishing has been good overall, with the […]

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Charlotte Observer: Stream buffer protections rewritten by industry, DENR

RALEIGH — A plan to update regulations that protect streams and rivers was adopted last year after a nearly five-year process that incorporated input from a wide range of interests. In just five months this winter, the McCrory administration rewrote those rules with the help of private companies that had a financial stake in the […]

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AC-T: Can Asheville neighborhoods be popular and affordable?

West End/Clingman, Southside and RAD are already in the “middle” stage of gentrification, a report for the city says. After finishing his yard, one of JoAnn Skinner’s Clingman Avenue neighbors used to roll his lawn mower down the street and, free of charge, cut the patch of grass in front of her house. The man and […]

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New trend on the FBR: Paddleboard Yoga

What is drawing more and more Asheville yogis to take their downward dog to the French Broad River? Those of you who attended LEAF or the Mountain Sports Festival in the spring may have taken part in or witnessed a stand-up paddleboard yoga class. Although at first glance stand-up paddleboard yoga, also known as SUP yoga, […]

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AC-T: West Asheville’s Haywood Road to slowly change

When Richard Metcalf was planning construction of the Haywood Road building that has housed his Appalachian Insurance Service since 2003, city zoning rules contained long lists of uses that would and would not be allowed and required that the building sit at least 15 feet back from the street. If city government approves a new […]

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What happens to the excreted drugs you flush down the toilet?

Let’s talk about urine. We don’t usually give it much thought, but there’s a fair chance that yours contains traces of one of the 3,000 pharmaceuticals regularly prescribed in Europe and that the drug will end up contaminating the environment. Around 80% of aquatic pharmaceutical pollution comes from domestic medicines (those that we take at home rather […]

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Check out the 2014 Anything That Floats Parade — now with video!

In case you missed it, the 2014 Anything That Floats Parade was Saturday, August 9, and it was a smashing success. Thirty-one wild and wacky rafts registered, and a good time was had by all. Some photo galleries are below. The Citizen-Times has video The Citizen-Times was so enthralled they also took pics Mountain Xpress […]

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This week at the Department of the Interior

Here’s what happened this week at Interior: Interior joins forces with the AFL-CIO’s Union Sportsmen Alliance on projects to renew, rebuild, and restore the nation’s public lands; a new report shows up to a quarter of National Park land could be vulnerable to vegetation shifts due to climate change and habitat loss; $3 million in grants […]

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Gizmodo: How Bad Is California’s Drought? This Bad

California needs rain, and they need it bad. How bad? Click on the link below and have a look at the GIF atop the article. The first image shows Folsom Lake near Sacramento on July 20, 2011. The second image shows Folsom Lake on January 16, 2014. Notice a difference? That’s what a drought of historic […]

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The Mountain Gardener for August 2014

The Mountain Garderner is Buncombe County’s Extension Newsletter for Home Lawn & Garden Enthusiasts Take a look; you just might learn something: Mountain Gardener Newsletter Aug.2014

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How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever

June 1, 1988, the day everything changed for the Great Lakes, was sunny, hot and mostly calm — perfect weather for the young researchers from the University of Windsor who were hunting for critters crawling across the bottom of Lake St. Clair. A Watershed Moment First of four parts Sunday: How invasive species changed the Great […]

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Y’all come to RiverFest on Saturday, August 9 …

RiverLink Celebrates 15th Annual RiverFest Featuring the Anything That Floats Parade at French Broad River Park  RiverLink invites everyone to their biggest party of the year. The 15th annual RiverFest happens at French Broad River Park on Saturday, August 9 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. The highlight of the event is the Anything that […]

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Report: World faces water crises by 2040

Wind, solar power increase needed to avoid global drought July 29, 2014 4:39PM ET by Renee Lewis The world will face “insurmountable” water crises in less than three decades, researchers said Tuesday, if it does not move away from water-intensive power production. A clash of competing necessities — drinking water and energy demand — will […]

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We talk about a “signature bridge” for Asheville …

Check out this one in Falkirk, Scotland:

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Bakers Donate Money For Silvermont Trails In Son’s Name – Brevard NC

Gene and Sally Baker have pledged $45,000 for new handicap accessible trails at the Silvermont grounds in Brevard in memory of their son, Jonathan. “Jonathan loved the outdoors,” said Gene. “He was riding the roads of Transylvania County before the current bike craze going on. “His favorite ride was to go up (N.C.) 215 towards […]

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Two years later, Kate B. Reynolds effort making a difference in McDowell

From The McDowell News: by Mike Conley Two years ago this summer, McDowell County was invited to be a part of a multi-million dollar, long-range effort by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to improve the health and quality of life of its people. Since then, new playgrounds have been built, a diabetes prevention program […]

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More on how western droughts affect us

U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA (Reuters) – Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by […]

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Take a Hike With Dave on August 24 …

  Take another hike with Dave Last month’s Hike With Dave along Shining Creek was a success. Recent rains made the cascades and falls really full, the weather was nice, and a good time was had by all. So let’s do it again!  Lower Catawba Falls This month, on Sunday, August 24, RiverLink’s Dave Russell […]

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N&O: Stream buffer protections rewritten by industry, DENR

RALEIGH — A plan to update regulations that protect streams and rivers was adopted last year after a nearly five-year process that incorporated input from a wide range of interests. In just five months this winter, the McCrory administration rewrote those rules with the help of private companies that had a financial stake in the outcome […]

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What’s happening to the hellbender?

Researchers try to save huge salamander THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Associated Press CORYDON — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America’s largest salamander wouldn’t top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender’s alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil […]

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Mountain Xpress: What can you do to tackle local water issues?

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Thad Eckard What is in Asheville’s water? Are we going to lose control of it? And how can we plan for drought? Asheville water experts will answer those questions and more during a forum at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce building, Thursday, July 31, from 6-9 p.m. Representatives from […]

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Visiting the Past from the AC-T

This is an interesting writeup from the AC-T’s Rob Neufeld. Visiting Our Past: Western NC’s trees fell 1st in 1883 When Charles Sargent, Harvard’s famed botanist, presented America’s first forest census to Congress in 1883, he stated that the mountains of North Carolina were “still everywhere covered with dense forests of the most valuable hardwood […]

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Asheville’s Ashley to head up new running store in RAD

From Karen Chavez of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Randy Ashley is a man with a one-track mind. It’s all about running, all the time. So when one running plan, doesn’t work out, Ashley goes after another. This time, the two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, now age 48, thinks he has hit gold. Ashley will be the […]

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NORTHERN SECTION OF SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL OPENED

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – A new section of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail heading north from Travelers Rest officially opened to the public on Tuesday. The 1.2-mile paved stretch runs from the kiosk at Grandview Memorial Gardens on Geer Highway (across the street from North Greenville Hospital) in Travelers Rest north to Tate […]

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Brevard: new cycling mecca of the South?

Brevard’s momentum travels on two wheels. In the past month, new businesses and events — both imported and homegrown — have spotlighted the mountain biking in the Transylvania and Henderson counties region and further established the area as an outdoor recreation haven. First, Trek Bicycle Company, a Wisconsin-based company, debuted its new line of high-performance […]

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Loooong e-mail from COA Transportation Planner Barb Mee

This is a reminder of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meeting this Thursday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room (room 402), 100 Court Plaza, downtown.  All are welcome. If you drive, there is parking available on the street (meters must be fed until 6 p.m.), or in […]

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N.C. plays catch-up on water standards

From Bruce Henderson of the Charlotte Observer A years-overdue rewrite of state water quality standards stiffens limits on metals, the toxic elements that have been in the public eye since the Dan River coal ash spill in February. Environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees federal clean water law, cheer the new standards. But they […]

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Native brook trout make a mountain comeback

By Sabian Warren of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Outfitter Jeff Curtis likes everything about Southern Appalachian brook trout. Western North Carolina’s only native trout are strikingly beautiful and live in remote, high-elevation streams. “They almost look hand-painted,” said Curtis, owner of Curtis Wright Outfitters, a fly shop and guide service with shops in Asheville and Weaverville. […]

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AC-T: City of Asheville shuts down RAD buildings

ASHEVILLE – The city on Monday cut the electricity to eight buildings in the River Arts District and requested a disconnection of gas services, said Shannon Tuch, director of development services. The city cited various code violations and safety concerns for the structures at 339 Old Lyman St. Tenants rent space in the buildings from property […]

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RiverMusic rocks-n-rolls on with one final date in 2015

RiverLink’s RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — returned 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 and […]

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Mountain Xpress: The Billy Sea jammed at RiverMusic’s summer concert series

by Kat McReynolds When you see three didgeridoos set up onstage at a concert, stick around. Friday’s RiverMusic festival certainly proved this to be a good choice. Three-piece global-Americana group The Billy Sea played a free performance on July 11 for the third segment of RiverMusic’s five-part summer concert series. Early on, front man and […]

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AC-T: CTS given 30 days to submit cleanup plans

By John Boyle ARDEN – CTS Corp. has until Aug. 11 to submit plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning up polluted springs and a plume of tainted groundwater beneath a former plant site. The 30-day deadline sent to CTS by the EPA on July 10 follows the agency’s voluntary evacuation of 13 […]

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North Carolina Health News: Rulemaking on Water May No Longer Be Purview of Public Health

By Stephanie Soucheray New provisions about wells and water have been written in and out of Senate Bill 734, a regulatory reform bill. The bill’s language has raised eyebrows among public-health advocates. Headlines from this year’s General Assembly short session have focused on big issues such as Medicaid, Common Core education standards and teacher salaries. […]

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Satellites reveal possible catastrophic flooding months in advance

Press Release From the University of California-Irvine. Data from NASA satellites can greatly improve predictions of how likely a river basin is to overflow months before it does, according to new findings by UC Irvine. The use of such data, which capture a much fuller picture of how water is accumulating, could result in earlier […]

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How Western Water Woes Affect Us

From the Journal-Star of Lincoln, Nebraska Fruit, vegetable prices to rise as California drought continues Fresh fruits and vegetable prices will go up an estimated 6 percent in the coming months, the federal government said, as California’s drought continues to hit price tags in grocery stores across the country. “You’re probably going to see the […]

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FBR Fishing Report

The river has dropped down to normal summer levels and as of this writing is running pretty clear, though with a brownish stain still. Smallmouth action has been very good in the morning, especially, and also in the late afternoon;  avoid the heat of mid-day.  Best results have been had using small crankbaits and jigs, […]

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Water War: Water Becomes Attached to ETJ Controversy in Boone

By Jesse Wood June 26, 2014. With the N.C. General Assembly voting to abolish Boone’s extraterritorial jurisdiction on Wednesday, town water has become a hot topic and perhaps a bargaining chip for the Town of Boone. Once the House decisively passed the second reading of Sen. Dan Soucek’s bill to eliminate the town’s ETJon Tuesday, it was […]

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Calling all artists: Learn how to be a city art contractor

Join RiverLink and Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city. We are pleased to offer these special two-hour interactive information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12 starting on July 24. Subsequent programs will be held on August 26, September […]

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Opinion from the NYT: The Water Crisis in the West

With water increasingly scarce in the drought-ravaged American West, many states could face drastic rationing without rain. Even with more sustainable practices, the future of water in the West is not secure. Population growth, conflicting demands for resources, and the unpredictable nature of a changing climate will all exacerbate the crisis of an already parched landscape. What are […]

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Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution

From Facing South: As summer heats up, many people’s thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off — but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health. Pollution from industrial facilities is contaminating more than 17,000 miles of rivers nationwide, with the greatest toxic threat posed to watersheds in […]

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July Gardening Tips from The Mountain Gardener

Click here to read the Buncombe County Extension Newsletter for Home Lawn & Garden Enthusiasts.

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Mt. Airy: Greenways generating half-million per year

The name greenways seems appropriate, since the two trails in Mount Airy are generating much “green” for the community — $578,585 per year, according to a newly released study. People typically think of a greenway as a place to get exercise or for environmental aspects linked to the preservation of a stream, said city Parks […]

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17 Beaches Where You Probably Don’t Want To Swim

By Jon Devine for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) I never feel more like a kid than when I’m at the beach. Perhaps that’s because I have to keep up with my own kids doing crazy stuff, but also there’s something blissfully immature about body surfing, getting overtaken by a huge wave, and tumbling out of […]

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Opinion: Bill to tighten coal ash rules a smart move

From the Hendersonville Times-News: A bill that state Senate leaders introduced Monday to clean up Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds is a big improvement over similar legislation floated a month ago. Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville and Senate Leader Phil Berger of Eden introduced the bill as a substitute to one they sponsored in May […]

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Slate: Thirsty West

Click here to read a series of very good articles on the drought out in the Western United States.

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Check out this great riverside project

From the AC-T’s Answer Man, John Boyle: What’s the future of land on French Broad? If I’ve learned anything about what you good readers are curious about, it comes down to this: roads, restaurants and development. Today, we head in the development direction, with a query about an intriguing, highly fenced piece of property along […]

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NYT: Taking Effective Action Against the Unstoppable

By EDUARDO PORTER June 24, 2014 Climate change is not an event in your children’s future. It is bearing down upon you now. And there is nothing you — or anyone else — can do to prevent the hit. Over the next quarter-century, heat-related death rates will probably double in the southeastern states. Crop losses that used […]

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$50,000 available to help save North Carolina’s Hemlocks

June 24, 2014 WNC Communities has announced a new awards program offering $50,000 to help support efforts to restore hemlocks to long-term health throughout North Carolina. The awards program is a part of the new Hemlock Restoration Initiative, a cooperative effort launched by North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler and the NC Department of […]

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WLOS: Residents go head-to-head with EPA

More on the CTS story. See the video report and read the rest of the story here. Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 11:29 PM EDT Residents who live around the former CTS plant gathered at the Quality Inn on Long Shoals Road Monday evening, for a question and answer forum organized by EPA officials from […]

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N.C. Announces July 4 as Free Fishing Day

On July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing – for free. From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina – resident and non-residents alike – can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or […]

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Seminars: Doing Business in the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay and French Broad River Watershed

As part of RiverLink’s mission to stimulate the economic well-being of the French Broad River watershed through arts and crafts, recreation, and health and wellness (as outlined in the popular Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan), RiverLink, the A-B Tech Small Business Center, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce two […]

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NC Senate approves CTS lawsuit contamination bill

RALEIGH – The state Senate approved a bill to give victims of groundwater pollution more options to sue in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that blocked a lawsuit filed by neighbors of the former CTS plant in Asheville. The change in North Carolina law could clear the way for legal claims by thousands […]

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Up Sh*t Creek (with a Paddle)

With its ospreys and eagles, its waving grasses and rich oyster beds, what could be more idyllic than a meandering stream in North Carolina? There’s just one problem—all that raw sewage. by David Gessner  @BDsCocktailHour • June 17, 2014 To get to the island I push off from my own backyard. I did not become a homeowner until I […]

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AC-T letter to the editor: New greenways will offer more transportation options

Asheville’s greenway network is being developed with transportation foremost in mind. I was pleased to read Sunday’s editorial touting the importance of improving our city’s pedestrian infrastructure, but I would offer this correction to the editor’s comment that “greenways generally do not serve those who are walking to get someplace.” In truth, Asheville’s greenway network […]

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Entrepreneur turns love of paddleboards into business

From the Hendersonville Times-News By Nathaniel Axtell Times-News Staff Writer Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 5:31 p.m. PENROSE — Most days, Jeff Tyler trims hunks of pork and beef as a butcher at Food Lion in Brevard. But on his days off, he slices through local […]

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RADTIP moving forward

An excerpt from the AC-T story: Asheville to ramp up construction, equipment spending Larger expenditures in the plan include: • $21.9 million for street, sidewalk and greenway improvements to 2.2 miles of Riverside Drive and Lyman Street between Hill Street and Amboy Road in the River Arts District. As part of what the city calls RADTIP, it will […]

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RiverLink Partners with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for Kids in the Creek Hike!

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy celebrated June Jamboree this weekend with several hikes highlighting their conservation properties.  RiverLink’s Education Coordinator Lizzy Stokes-Cawley led the Kids in the Creek Hike for the event.  This hike focused on stream ecology and was aimed for children participation.  The program included a short hike and exploration of two creeks on the Beck Tract property.  The […]

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Almost Half of Europe’s Water Is Threatened by Pollution

The dismal results of the broadest-ever analysis of European waterways. It’s estimated there are about 100,000 organic chemicals in regular use in Europe, with 1,000 new ones entering the market each year. It’s inevitable some of these compounds will find their way into waterways, but exactly how much of Europe is polluted and what kind […]

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Massive ‘ocean’ discovered towards Earth’s core

From New Scientist: 19:00 12 June 2014 by Andy Coghlan A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from. The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in […]

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Duke Energy Supports RiverLink Education with a $5,000 grant

School is wrapping up for many students in the French Broad Watershed and RiverLink’s education programs are slowing down as we prepare for RiverCamp! RiverLink would like to take a moment to thank those who make our programs possible. At RiverLink we are able to offer our watershed education programs to schools and community groups […]

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A note from Asheville Traffic Planner Barb Mee

A quick reminder that the task force meets on Thursday, June 26, at 5:30 pm in the Asheville Fire and Rescue training room in the Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza.  The task force meets the 4th Thursday of each month, January-October, and on the first Thursday in December.  Please take a minute to put these […]

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This Week at Interior

This week: another historic milestone in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants; Secretary Jewell travels to historic Jamestown Island to host a roundtable on climate change impacts; one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes is erupting; and 50 Bureau of Land Management “smokejumpers” remember […]

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WCU vying to be ‘top outdoor adventure school’

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University has advanced to the championship round in a leading outdoor publication’s annual competition to name the best outdoor adventure school in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Online voting in the final round of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s “top adventure college” poll continues through noon, Monday, June 9. A winner may be announced as […]

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EPA press release about N.C. Brownfields grants

EPA Awards $4 Million in Brownfields Grants to Cleanup and Revitalize Communities in North Carolina Release Date: 05/28/2014 Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main) pinkney.james@epa.gov (Atlanta – May 28, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it plans to award two communities in North Carolina with brownfields grants […]

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Reforms would remove most isolated wetland protections

By Tyler Dukes of WRAL. RALEIGH, N.C. — A proposal to roll back environmental rules long loathed by developers would remove protections for critical amphibian nurseries sprinkled across the state, environmental advocates say. The General Assembly’s 60-page regulatory reform package, approved by the state Senate last week, affects so-called isolated wetlands, tiny plots of land […]

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Good greenway news from down east …

From the News & Observer: Bridge completes American Tobacco Trail transformation DURHAM — Six months ago, bicyclists riding the American Tobacco Trail could go seven miles from downtown Durham to the north side of Interstate 40. But no farther. Or they could pedal the 15 miles from the trail’s southern terminus near Apex almost to […]

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Mills River Day mixed farm life with water protection

MILLS RIVER, N.C. – Using a spray bottle, 5-year-old Cooper White let loose with a shower that washed over a plastic landscape of farmland, roads and waterways set up by members of the Henderson County Soil & Water Conservation District. “See how all the dirty water runs into the river?” asked Laurie Brokaw, the district’s […]

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Asheville seeking graffiti removal contractors

ASHEVILLE – City government is holding an informational today for companies interested in doing graffiti removal work as part of a city plan to eliminate graffiti. The one-hour meeting will be at 10 a.m. in room A-109 of the public works building at 161 S. Charlotte St. Applications to do the work are due by noon […]

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Register now for the Anything that Floats Parade

What is the Anything That Floats Parade? Anything That Floats Parade is a fun and wacky event held in conjunction with RiverFest, on Saturday, August 13,  2016 on the French Broad River. Anyone can enter.  Just put together a raft using any materials that can float on the French Broad River. Judging will be in […]

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AC-T Opinion: Rushed jobs often a mess, and fracking bill is a rushed job

How many ways is the new North Carolina fracking law wrong. Let us count: • It was rammed through the General Assembly with little opportunity for debate. “No public notice for any committee meeting or for the floor debate and that’s just wrong, that’s bad government,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Greensboro. • It was enacted […]

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Transylvania Times: County, City To Study Parks – Brevard NC

Brevard City Council gave its backing last week to partner with the county on the creation of a new recreation master plan. During its budget workshop last week, council approved a motion to take up to $20,000 out of fund balance to pay for the project. It’s anticipated the Board of Commissioners will fund a similar amount. […]

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French Broad Fishing Report

The river has had a stain recently that has slowed fishing some over the last week, but when the French Broad has been clear the fishing has been very good.  Smallmouth bass are holding in their normal early summer spots-behind rocks, along seam lines, and in gentle runs. While the river has some stain use […]

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Drought means cleaner California Beaches

Drought’s upside? Better water quality at beaches, report says There’s at least one upside to the drought: Record-low rainfall has resulted in cleaner water up and down the California coast, a new report says. Ninety-five percent of California beaches earned A or B grades for water quality during the summer of 2013, a 2% improvement […]

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This week at the Department of the Interior

Here’s what happened this week at Interior: President Obama designates half a million acres in New Mexico for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument; for the first time in decades the fresh water of the Colorado River has reunited with the salt waters of the Sea of Cortez; and Secretary Jewell travels to Denver to […]

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California’s drought takes center stage in D.C.

By Carolyn Lochhead of SFGate.com. Wielding two decades of Senate experience and sheer force of will, Sen. Dianne Feinsteinovercame environmentalists’ objections and Republicans’ skepticism in pushing through a drought-relief bill that could ship more water to farms and cities and weaken protections for fish. Now comes the hard part – cutting a deal with House Republicans who have […]

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NYT: How do we motivate people to do something about climate change?

A Memorial Day column from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. OF the many things being said about climate change lately, none was more eloquent than the point made by Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State in the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously,” when he observed: “We’re the first generation to feel the impact […]

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RiverMusic — tomorrow!

  Take the free trolley and join RiverLink this Friday for some funky sounds by the River The first of RiverLink’s RiverMusic takes place this Friday, May 30, featuring an evening of funky sounds from “The Horse You Rode In On” and all the way from Los Angeles, California, headliner “Orgone.” Gates open at 5 […]

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Update on the CTS issue

Asheville man pleads for cleanup help at CTS meeting ASHEVILLE – Pat Dunn wants CTS Corp. officials to understand the magnitude of the problem that he and his neighbors face from the severe groundwater contamination left behind at company’s former plant in south Asheville. So he drove nearly 700 miles to attend the company’s annual […]

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Editorial on the never-ending water saga from the AC-T

Home rule gets lost in ongoing water dispute The most recent chapter in the 80-year dispute over the Asheville water system will be written in a Raleigh courtroom Friday. The only certainty is that it will not be the last chapter. Most people don’t give a hoot who owns the water system. All they care […]

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Volunteers Collect 1,840 Pounds Of Trash in Rosman

The threat of high waters from an early week rain, and a touch of blackberry winter early on Saturday morning, did not stop a determined group of volunteers for the Annual French Broad River May 17 Clean-Up. Sixty volunteers showed up to tackle 17 miles of river that flows through Transylvania County. As the fog […]

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No matter how you feel about fracking, this is ridiculous and dangerous

North Carolina could make disclosing fracking chemicals a felony By Ned Resnikoff, a reporter with MSNBC To America’s major energy companies, the chemical cocktails used in hydraulic fracking are like the recipe for classic Coca-Cola: A trade secret, to be protected at all costs. And North Carolina legislators agree, which is why they’ve proposed a […]

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PHYS.ORG: Water a precious resource in Mexico

As she has every day for 26 years, Delfina Salinas, a stocky Mexican woman, loads plastic jugs onto her donkey for a 30-minute walk to fetch water. In Tehuixtitla, a mountainous area south of Mexico City, there is no running water. Salinas is used to this drudgery. “If you do not go to the water, the […]

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Ashvegas: Climate change could increase demand for drinking water from Asheville area watersheds

A new study says lower elevation watersheds stressed out by climate change might force more demand on higher elevation watersheds that can continue to provide quality drinking water. Triangle Business Journal reports: “Lower elevation forests are becoming more stressed (lacking water) and this may shift high-quality freshwater sources to remaining high-elevation forest sites,” says Lawrence […]

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Here’s a story that makes you say, “Ugh.”

From the New York Times Note to Olympic Sailors: Don’t Fall in Rio’s Water RIO DE JANEIRO — Nico Delle Karth, an Austrian sailor preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, said it was the foulest place he had ever trained. Garbage bobbed on the surface, everything from car tires to floating mattresses. The water reeked […]

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AC-T: How politics, population shaped Asheville’s water debate

By Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com A decades-long controversy led directly to the dispute over control of the Asheville water system that will land in the courts again on Friday. ASHEVILLE – Surely, Billy Sullivan couldn’t have known his work would still be stirring up trouble more than 80 years later. Sullivan was the legislator who persuaded […]

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May 22: Hoist a few at Hi Wire Brewing to benefit RiverLink

From the RiverLink Calendar: Once a month, Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville picks a local non-profit which has views aligned with the people who work there, and donates 15% of tasting room sales to the hiwireorganization. It ends up being really fun and beneficial for each group. They’re held on Thursday nights in the middle of […]

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AC-T: RiverMusic series showcases river district

ASHEVILLE – For a long time, the French Broad River and the River Arts District were “seen as places that no one wanted to come,” said Dave Russell, director of volunteer services at RiverLink. “Part of our mission is to bring people down to the river and the River Arts District to enjoy what they have […]

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We always applaud greenways …

Catawba County trails to receive upgrade From the Hickory Record BY Evan Matsumoto: ematsumoto@hickoryrecord.com NEWTON — A grant given to Catawba County from the Carolina Thread Trail will add a sidewalk to the government center campus and eventually connect two cities in the county. The $87,000 grant was part of a larger, $151,500 award to […]

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Acidic Rain- a study behind waters recovery

Remember acid rain? Resulting largely from the smokestack emissions of coal-fired power plants, acid rain was a serious environmental concern in the 1980s. Studies showed that because of the increasing acidity of rainfall, nearly a quarter of the lakes and streams in the Adirondack Mountains had become uninhabitable by fish. The urgency of the problem […]

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Economic impact of tourists to WNC — outdoor activities play a big role

From our friends at the AC-T: Asheville area tourists turn into temporary taxpayers By Dale Neal, dneal@citizen-times.com It’s a timeless tradition: As temperatures rise, so do traffic counts on the region’s roads and byways. Sidewalks — and once quiet restaurants — fill up, leaving locals frustrated over crowds, cars and commotion. But these visitors leave […]

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Calling Volunteers for Concerts by the River!

  The nights are getting longer and the weather warmer, and RiverLink is heading to the river for RiverMusic and RiverFest. Each concert requires approximately 60 volunteers. We need folks to help us set up and break down, sell wristbands and tokens, serve refreshments, park cars, and sort the trash and recycling throughout the concert. […]

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The exec speak out!

  From the exec’s desk   Dear RiverLovers,   We really enjoyed Earth Month and we want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who came out to do everything from participate in our annual Art & Poetry contest and exhibit to helping clean up streams, to celebrating our newest Adopt-A-Stream team in Transylvania County. We […]

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From the N&O: Hunters, fishermen standing up for our NC streams

By Tim Gestwicki and Jim Mabrey It’s spring in North Carolina, and that means many of the state’s sportsmen are heading into the woods in search of turkey while anglers are planning their first fishing trips. We count ourselves among them and are eager to head to a small mountain stream to track down native […]

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Movie review: ‘My Toxic Backyard,’ Asheville CTS tale

From the Asheville Citizen-Times. Edwin Arnaudin, ASH Covering citizens’ inspirational efforts to get their area cleaned up and corporations dodging crimes that individuals cannot, “My Toxic Backyard” accomplishes its mission without being preachy. As a capsule history of South Asheville’s CTS Superfund site and its detrimental impact on residents in the Mills Gap Road area, […]

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Tomorrow: TVA water expert to speak at Asheville’s Pack Memorial Library

From the AC-T’s Girls Gone Outdoors blog: The Wilma Dykeman Legacy’s “Water Troubles and Water Solutions: Western North Carolina Water in Context,” series continues this Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. On Saturday, the series will feature Gary Springston, Water Supply Manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority, who […]

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Climate Change is having an effect on the U.S. now

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present” the most recent National Climate Assessment reports. “Summers are longer and hotter, and extended periods of unusual heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced,” the report continued. “Winters are generally shorter and warmer. Rain comes in heavier downpours. […]

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More on the CTS saga …

“I think there are a lot of wasted dollars in everything that’s been done,” said Lori Murphy, who lives with her family less than a mile from the CTS site. ASHEVILLE – With at least $11 million in government funding spent so far on the CTS Superfund site, neighbors like Lori Murphy see little to […]

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Rising Waters: The Increasing Need for Water Attorneys

With droughts in California, water conflicts in Texas and the continued Southern water wars, it is no secret that water is becoming a more precious commodity. And as the value of water increases, a legal career path is rising in demand. Enter stage right: water rights attorneys. More and more water disputes are moving into […]

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Enough doom and gloom! Check this story out ….

Paddlers to descend on Pacolet River — Event part of rebirth of community Does this sound familiar? “I’m convinced that the river has always been the power fulcrum of business in this area,” Fields said. “The river provided the first basic power for this area, and the future depends on the beauty of the river.” While people […]

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Distressing news about our stressed Oceans

PLOS One: Marine Litter Distribution and Density in European Seas, from the Shelves to Deep Basins Abstract Anthropogenic litter is present in all marine habitats, from beaches to the most remote points in the oceans. On the seafloor, marine litter, particularly plastic, can accumulate in high densities with deleterious consequences for its inhabitants. Yet, because […]

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Scientific American: What to Do When We Run Out of Water

Climate change, alongside numerous other pressures, is having unprecedented effects on water resources both globally and locally. Retailers need to implement a range of adaptation measures to ensure the sustainability of supply chains Apr 25, 2014 |By Paul Kelly The established tendency to see water everywhere as an endless resource is being increasingly challenged in […]

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Living with Water Scarcity: A Refreshing Take on a Hot-Button Issue

Book Review: “Living with Water Scarcity,” by David Zetland, Aguanomics Press, 2014.  From: economonitor.com. Whether it’s cowboys facing off over a muddy water hole in an old Western, or the dirty looks you get if you fill your supermarket basket with bottled water, no one ever denied that people feel strongly about water. David Zetland’s new […]

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AC-T letter: WNC Faith Community address Duke Energy Progress

Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted to the Citizen-Times by clergy from about 70 area congregations. Some of them will attend the Duke Energy shareholder meeting on May 1 in Charlotte to deliver this letter to Duke leaders in person. We are writing as leaders of local churches and faith communities. We feel obliged […]

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LiveScience Op/Ed: Defining the ‘Waters of the United States’

Greg Munson is the former General Counsel and Deputy Secretary at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is now a shareholder in the environmental and land use practice group of the Gunster law firm, and working in Tallahassee, Fla. He contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The administration of […]

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Earth Day 2014: 5 environmental wins to celebrate

A good read from the Christian Science Monitor:  This Earth Day, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about planet Earth – rising carbon emissions, long bouts of extreme weather, development’s strain on local ecosystems, among others. But, in honor of Earth Day, it is worth taking a look at some of the areas […]

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Water Wars: The Future is now

Egypt to ‘escalate’ Ethiopian dam dispute Last updated: 21 April 2014 While construction of Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam continues apace, downstream neighbour Egypt is crying foul. In the three years since construction began on the 1.8km Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam across the Blue Nile River, Egypt and Ethiopia have been engaged in a war of […]

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Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish. Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out-compete native […]

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Welcome to the April 23 Grab Bag …

We hope you had an excellent Earth Day yesterday! RiverLink did! If you didn’t get out and do something to mark the day, we hope you at least had a moment to think about — and thank — Mother Earth for all she does for us. Pray for her recovery for the damage we’ve done, […]

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CBS: Global demand for fresh water set to exceed supply

Think about this the next time your mouth goes dry and you could really use a glass of cool, clean water: Analysts with Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research warn in a recent report that, when it comes to global drinking water supplies, a “perfect storm” is approaching. “Water scarcity is a pressing people […]

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We’ve known it all along: Research Shows Green Space Keeps You From Feeling Blue

Press release from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Madison-Wisconsin: Madison, Wisconsin – If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: The more green space in […]

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AC-T: May 23 hearing set for Asheville water case

Story by Mark Barrett, mbarrett@citizen-times.com. A judge will hear oral arguments May 23 in Asheville city government’s lawsuit seeking to block the forced transfer of its water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.  ASHEVILLE – A judge will hear oral arguments May 23 in a case that will determine control of the city water system […]

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McCrory plan calls for closure of Asheville coal ash pond

From the Charlotte Observer: By Bruce Henderson bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014  Gov. Pat McCrory will ask legislators for broader authority over coal ash disposal, but his plan does not envision eliminating all 33 of Duke Energy’s ash ponds. The proposal, released Wednesday, calls for site-specific closures. Ash could be removed from some ponds […]

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Note from the Exec …

From the exec’s desk Hello RiverLovers! I may be giving away my age but I was at the very first Earth Day Celebration — way back in 1970. Think how far we have come since then. Earth Day has grown to Earth Month and now it’s not just for college kids. Everyone celebrates it — […]

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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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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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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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An interesting look at WNC landslides from our friends at the Carolina Public Press

Despite the end of state support, landslide mapping continues in WNC Written by Kirk Ross on April 10, 2014 In Western North Carolina, it does not take a tragedy like the one last month in Washington State to drive home the risk of a landslide. Each year, there are at least a handful of reminders close by. […]

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Times-News: Bat-killing disease seems to be spreading in WNC

By Nathaniel Axtell, Times-News Staff Writer A fungal disease of unknown origin that is killing hibernating bats in eastern North America appears to be spreading in Western North Carolina, according to biologists monitoring the epidemic. An eastern pipistrelle bat rests in a rock crack at Rumbling Bald near Lake Lure in early May 2013. Patrick Sullivan/Times-News […]

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Cigarette recycling. No kidding!

Recycle your waste with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Every year, cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills, or get tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across the US. With the help of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, a major tobacco manufacturer in the US, the waste collected through the Cigarette Waste […]

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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) explained

Fracking explained in five minutes. Fracking is a controversial topic. On the one side the gas drilling companies, on the other citizen opposed to this drilling method. Politicians are also divided on the matter. This video tries to take a neutral look on fracking. It is relevant for all of us, because of high prices […]

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To Understand Water, Learn the Math

From the Water Currents blog of National Geographic. Posted by Brian Richter of The Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia in Water Currents on March 28, 2014 OK, I’ll admit to being a bit of a geek when it comes to water numbers. I never got all that excited about algebra in school, and college calculus was a real struggle.  But […]

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CTS is in the news again

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: CTS contamination case headed to Supreme Court Buncombe residents want to see contamination cleanup around long-closed manufacturer ASHEVILLE – CTS Corp. closed shop at its Mills Gap Road manufacturing plant nearly three decades ago, leaving behind a brew of toxic chemicals in the soil and groundwater. But it wasn’t until 1999 […]

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Interesting read from the Mountain Xpress: West Asheville’s storied past

The timeline that accompanies the article is particularly interesting. By Grady Cooper on 04/03/2014. West Asheville has maintained an identity so distinctive that visitors frequently ask if it’s really part of Asheville. That’s not surprising, considering the area’s history (see timeline, “Notable Moments”). It actually was a separate town during two brief periods in the […]

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Climate Report Predicts Dire Threats for People, Including Food, Water Shortages

From www.weather.com, published March 31, 2014. A planet warmed by human-produced greenhouse gases poses significant risks already to people, cities and nations today and not just in the far-off future, according to a report the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released Monday. And those risks could mean “abrupt or drastic changes” that could lead to […]

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The World’s 18 Most Water-Stressed Rivers

This week, water from the Colorado River was allowed to flow all the way to its delta near the Gulf of California for the first time in nearly two decades, an event heralded by environmental groups and which represents a major, if rare, victory for the plants and animals that live where the river once flowed freely. That it’s […]

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NYT: What really killed William Henry Harrison?

Was it contaminated water? By JANE McHUGH and PHILIP A. MACKOWIAKMARCH 31, 2014 William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, holds a distinction that with luck will never be equaled: He was our shortest-serving president, dying on April 4, 1841, after just a month in office. What killed him? Historians have long accepted the […]

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Press Release: EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2014 EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection […]

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Welcome to the Wednesday, April 2 Grab Bag …

We hope you survived April Fool’s Day — the unofficial first day of Spring — unscathed. There was no fooling around here at RiverLink. Everyone seems to have Spring Fever, though. Before you head out to smell the flowers, though, take a look at this compendium of stories and links we think RiverLink supporters will […]

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Atlanta Water Expert to speak at Pack Memorial Library

From a press release sent by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy: ASHEVILLE:  On Saturday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m., Asheville area residents are invited to attend a presentation by Gil Rogers, Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, to learn about how Atlanta is addressing its water challenges. There is no charge for attendance.  Western North […]

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California saves salmon from drought via trucks

By Shan Li of the Los Angeles TimesMarch 26, 2014 California started giving a ride to millions of young Chinook salmon this week after the state’s record-breaking drought left rivers too dry for them to migrate on their own. Over the next two months, state and federal officials plan to truck up to 30 million […]

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Book recommendation — Philadephia’s Lost Waterfront

Today’s blog entry is an excerpt from a book — “Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront” by Harry Kryriakodis. Civilization was founded on rivers: the Nile, the Indus, the Thames — and in early America the Hudson and the Delaware. A vibrant waterfront is a priceless resource. Unfortunately, Philadelphia, like many other American cities, effectively lost its riverfront […]

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Spring fishing: N.C.’s hatchery-supported trout waters open Friday, April 5

Press release Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 5 RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 5. The season will run through Feb. 28, 2015. While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest […]

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Climate Change is shrinking salamanders, Study Shows

Salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains are shrinking, researchers say, and the culprit, it appears, is climate change. Research from the past few years increasingly shows that a warmer planet may cause some species of plants and animals to shrink in size. The salamander, already a creature under distress, appears to have decreased in size in […]

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Transylvania election could impact Ecusta Trail plans

By Nathaniel Axtell Hendersonville Times-News Staff Writer Advocates for the Ecusta Trail, a proposed 18.5-mile rails-to-trails project between Hendersonville and Pisgah Forest, see an opportunity in the Transylvania County commissioner’s race to advance their cause. The nonprofit group Friends of the Ecusta Trail has erected a billboard on U.S. Highway 64 in Brevard to help […]

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Welcome to the March 26 Grab Bag …

Crazy weather, aye? Cold/hot/cold/hot. We’ve turned the corner, though, and can expect warm, nice days for the foreseeable future. Promise! In the meantime, take a look at these links and stories RiverLink has put together to keep you posted on the world of water, Nature, greenways, etc. Take your shoes off and click around a […]

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Trout Unlimited reaches out to women anglers

Don Kirk wrote this for the Southern Trout newsletter: In the fall of 2012, TU launched a campaign aimed at getting more women to sign up as members. In doing so, women were offered complimentary trial memberships over the course of the year. Over 2,500 women signed up! What a great success. TU thanks all […]

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Exciting Education Volunteer Opportunities

RiverLink is looking for education volunteers for Kids in the Creek programs this spring!  The weather is looking nicer everyday and RiverLink is thrilled to get outside and start working with future stewards of the French Broad River as they learn about river basins, sediment pollution and macroinvertebrates!  The interactive lesson includes exploring local streams in […]

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A working Spring Break …

Students Spend Spring Break with Week-Long Tour of Service UMich students gather trash at the confluence of Sweeten Creek and the Swannanoa River For some students, spring break is about beaches and forgetting all responsibility. For others it about something more; it’s about  service. Students from the University of Michigan chapter of Students Today Leaders […]

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The latest from our leader, Karen Cragnolin …

From the exec’s desk   Hello RiverLovers,   Mother Nature is gearing up for spring time and renewal!     This summer we will have a brand new tool for you to get around the watershed. Want to rent a boat or spend the night at one of the camping options along the French Broad River […]

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March Madness Grab Bag …

Harbingers of Spring: Green beer in Beer City, USA. The NCAA March Madness Tournament, with office pick ’em pools popping up like the lillies and jonquils that dot the landscape. Temperatures in the low 70s one day and down to 36 the next. While we wait for Spring, let’s take a look at some stories […]

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Our friends at Headwaters Outfitters offer a French Broad canoe trip focusing on wildflowers

Here’s the press release from Headwaters Outfitters: Spring, a time of year when life is breathed back into the land. You can feel it in the air and you can see it on the mountains, but Spring is best experienced with a paddle in hand floating down the French Broad. David Whitmire knows the Upper […]

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Water troubles and water solutions: Western North Carolina water in context

Sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and Buncombe County Public Libraries Western North Carolina is one of the world’s richest areas in natural water resources. Ten rivers begin their flow in our mountains – five on the east side of the Eastern Continental Divide, five on the west side. Major headwaters include the westward flowing French Broad […]

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Museum of Southern Fly Fishing becoming a reality

From the Southern Trout newsletter: Great news regarding the Museum of Southern Fly Fishing. Although there is much work to be done to get legal work in place, exterior renovations are underway on the 5000 sq ft building in downtown Cherokee. The building is located across from the Cherokee Natural History Museum and the drama […]

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AC-T: Repairs under way at Marshall wastewater plant

Another spill in the news MARSHALL — State officials say the release of partially treated wastewater into the French Broad River from the sewage treatment plant here did not cause any significant problems for the river. An equipment failure last week at the plant led to the discharge of the partially treated wastewater. Repairs were […]

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Americans have no idea how much water they’re using

How much water goes swirling down the drain when you flush a toilet? How many gallons does it take to fill a hot tub? Most of us, it turns out, have no idea. A new study in PNAS finds that Americans have some major blind spots when it comes how we use water and how we can […]

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The Ides of March Grab Bag …

Thanks for visiting! The warm weather is teasing us that Spring has sprung, but I think we all know better. Take a look at these stories and links we think RiverLink supporters  will find interesting and informative. You just might learn something about water and the natural world around us. UNCA-downtown greenway work nears start […]

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March 17 Forum: What’s Next for Asheville’s Water?

When: Monday March 17, 6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. Where: Lord Auditorium – 67 Haywood St (map) What’s Next for Asheville’s Water? A forum featuring Esther Manheimer, Katie Hicks and Barry Summers ASHEVILLE – A public water forum to update citizens on the developments surrounding the legislation to seize the Asheville water system and the […]

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Climate Change: Warmer Rivers Speed Arctic Sea Ice Loss

The downward trend in Arctic sea ice — in both extent and volume — is an unmistakable and oft-cited early sign of the impact of climate change. But of course, while the trend lines are clear, there are variations from year to year. For example, 2013 saw the sixth-lowest Arctic sea ice minimum on record, […]

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March 9 — 15 is Groundwater Awareness Week

Now well into its second decade, Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights one of the world’s most important resources — groundwater. Who should be “aware” of groundwater? Quite simply, everyone. Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, […]

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Cherokee, Yancey groups working to restore river cane

Lots of folks don’t realize it, but the river cane that looks like miniature bamboo is native to WNC. Its strong roots (rhizomes) stabilize riverbanks, and as the article referenced below states, the cane has been used by Native Americans for many years for many things. You can also read more about our river cane […]

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Master Gardener Sheila Dunn Gives Talk

The Weaverville Tree Board is sponsoring a presentation by Master Gardener Sheila Dunn on edible landscaping. Sheila retired from the corporate world and became a Master Gardener in 2008. Inspired by the “eat local” movement, she devotes most of her time to landscaping her rocky, steep Weaverville yard with edibles. She will present creative methods […]

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The Grab Bag for Wednesday, March 5

It’s hard to believe, but Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday morning at 02:00 a.m. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an hour. But first, take a look at this compendium of links and articles we think RiverLink supporters will find interesting and informative. RiverLink announces voting, potluck to name local creek Greenway news: Carolina […]

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Climbing center comes to West Asheville

From the AC-T: Smoky Mountain Adventure Center to add outdoor recreation option on Amboy Road After 20 years, Stuart Cowles is still hanging around town. But Cowles, the owner of Climbmax Indoor Climbing Center, will be hanging — climbing, reaching and growing — in another part of town, when he expands his longtime Wall Street […]

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Bryson City Nature Journal: Virtues of Hiking

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose … I ask not good fortune, I am myself good fortune … done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms … strong and content I take to the open road. —Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass” One of […]

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AC-T: Construction Company cited for Hominy Creek fuel spill

CANDLER State environmental officials issued a notice of violation to the company blamed for spilling thousands of gallons of fuel oil and contaminating Hominy Creek. Harrison Construction Co. faces fines of up to $25,000 per day for each of three violations cited in the notice, said Chuck Cranford of the N.C. Division of Water Resources. Meanwhile, Cranford said […]

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Are we on the way to “peak water”?

Our blog posting today points to an interesting article and infographic from AgFunderNews.com.

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Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Closed to Fishing from March 1 until April 5

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 5. While fishing is closed, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for […]

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Stories, video on Dan River spill

There has been a lot of press coverage and outrage over the Dan River coal ash spill, a preventable tragedy that will negatively effect our environment for years. We’ve collected a series of stories below that take a look at this calamity from a variety of angles. 35 million gallons of coal ash spilled into Dan […]

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The February 26 Grab Bag is here …

The last grab bag of February is chock full of news and stories we think RiverLink supporters will find interesting and informative. Click around a bit inside where it’s warm. Asheville to get river land for greenway RiverLink News: RiverLink to host ‘All Roads Lead to the RAD’ cleanup From the N&O: Coal ash spill could […]

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting on Thursday

This is a reminder of the Asheville area Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, in the Fire Training Room on the 4th floor of the Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza, downtown, just west of Pack’s Tavern. The task force meets the fourth Thursday of each month from January […]

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Friday, Feb. 28, afternoon Salon Series with Bill Jones

RiverLink is pleased to announce another salon series of talks on Friday afternoons, this time featuring Bill Jones, founder and President of Carolina Native Nursery, L.L.C. On one Friday per month, Bill will share his expertise from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District. […]

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Water pollution: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

China to spend $330 billion to fight water pollution (Reuters) – China plans to spend 2 trillion yuan, or $330 billion, on an action plan to tackle pollution of its scarce water resources, state media said on Tuesday. China has a fifth of the world’s population but just 7 percent of its water resources, and […]

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From our friends at the Carolina Public Press: Asheville swept into Dan River coal ash spill debate

After a week of intense scrutiny that included the announcement of a federal probe and a lengthy hearing Monday at the North Carolina legislature, the future of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds — including ones in Asheville — remains as clear as the Dan River just east of Eden. The latest news on the massive […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your portable electronic devices.

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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Tryon Daily Bulletin: Polk applies for class IV for Green River watershed

Reclassification could be complete by September by Leah Justice After struggling to get the Green River watershed reclassified to a class III, Polk County is now moving swiftly with a class IV request in order to use Lake Adger as a future source for drinking water. A class IV watershed would only affect Polk County, […]

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Article on the “new” water cycle

REUSE: THE NEXT WAVE FOR WATER CONSERVATION? As pressures on surface and groundwater grow, so does interest in reclaiming municipal water near its source. by Freelance journalist Rachel Cernansky@rachelcernansky, posted on ensia.com. November 19, 2013 — California is known for many things — surf, sun, cinema — but water sustainability doesn’t likely crack the top […]

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Welcome to the February 19 edition of the Grab Bag …

As we do every Wednesday, we’ve put together a compendium of links and stories we think RiverLink supporters will find interesting and informative. Click around and learn about water, nature, science, and more! Work continues on cleanup of Candler oil spill Section of French Broad River makes state’s ‘impaired’ list There’ a meeting on steep […]

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Trivia: Droughts

An interest in droughts has been causing a buzz in America lately, and we are here to fill you in on the ‘need to know’ facts about this possible paranoia… * There are four major types of droughts: 1. Meteorological: referring to a lack of precipitation 2. Agricultural: referring to a lack of moisture in […]

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Wanted Dead: Alligatorweed

Scientific Name: Alternanthera philoxeroides A native of South America, alligatorweed was inadvertently introduced to Southeastern U.S. in the late 1800s. Its white flowers are clover-like and bloom a summer. Most commonly found floating in mats along the water’s edge, alligatorweed also grows immersed and even terrestrially. Its opposing leaves are lance shaped, 1-2 inches long, […]

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RiverLink seeks to “Name that Creek” in East West Asheville

Westwood Place is a neighborhood in East West Asheville, bounded by Haywood Road, Craven Street, I-26 and Patton Avenue. RiverLink seeks to name the stream that flows through the neighborhood into the New Belgium Brewing site on Craven Street as part of its “Name that Creek” program. RiverLink is currently taking suggestions for names. So far, potential […]

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February’s Volunteer Spotlight: Jimmy Maxwell

Jimmy was born in Hendersonville, NC and moved to the Bee Tree area of Swannanoa in 1971. He graduated for Owen High School and attended UNC-Asheville. Jimmy said, “I’ve fished and played in Bee Tree Creek and the Swannanoa River since I was 9 years old. Just a stone’s throw from the Charles D. Owen […]

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Become a Watershed Education Volunteer

Every year RiverLink provides dozens of water-based environmental education programs to students of the French Broad River Watershed.  These interdisciplinary lessons aim to educate and inspire the next generation of river stewards. Volunteers are essential as RiverLink works to increase the availability of our Educational Programs to an increased number and a wider demographic of […]

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