Conserve and Protect Water Quality for Drinking, Fishing, Recreation – Paddling, Kayaking, Business and Wellness

RiverLink calls its conservation efforts “The Forever Option.”  We focus exclusivly on protecting riparian buffers and steep slopes since these two land areas offer the best protection for water quality.  We also use the  “Forever Option” to secure overnight camping area sites along the  the French Broad River so that we can offer a paddle trail along the river that is protected forever with conservation and recreation easements that are free, open to the public and available without reservations.  If you would like to know how you can protect your steep slope and/or riparian buffer area and earn a tax credit while helping  keep our watershed pristine for drinking water, fishing, swimming and access give us a call or send us an email at information@


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Vision at Work

It takes decades of discussion, refinements and implementation to develop a community consensus vision.  We started that visioning process [...]

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Current Projects

Water Quality Projects Ross Creek Stormwater Improvement Project Ross Creek Stormwater Improvement Project (Click to Visit Project Page) Ros[...]

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Current Programs

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 wat[...]

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Success Stories

In efforts to improve the water quality within the French Broad River Watershed, RiverLink has spearheaded numerous water quality projects t[...]

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Conservation Easements

The FOREVER OPTION… RiverLink works in many ways to support the environmental integrity, economic sustainability, and revitalization o[...]

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Sustainable Dev. Resources

If you need further assistance or are looking for property along the riverfront, please contact us – Phone: 828.252.8474, ext 16 Email[...]

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"The French Broad River is the third oldest river in the world."

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