Help us Name that Creek!

cleanupandname3Westwood 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 names from the community include “Big Wayne Creek,” “Penland Creek,” and “Reynolds Creek.”

We’re fond of names that relay the history or some other notable feature of the stream in question. Famous families? Civil War battles? Interesting natural features? Please let Dave Russell know your thoughts as RiverLink searches for more information on Westwood Place by e-mailing Dave at or filling out the contact form below.

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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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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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Kiosks help us tell the story

Over the past couple of months we have been developing informational kiosks for each river access point along the French Broad River Paddle Trail with a grant from the North Carolina Recreational Trails Program. Each kiosk focuses on historical and natural features of the river, as well as paddle trail information including maps and boater […]

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

3:00 pm Salon Series with NC ALE representative
Salon Series with NC ALE represe…
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RiverLink’s Fall Salon Series begins Sept. 4 ASHEVILLE, NC – WNC is home to an increasing number of craft brewers and an ever-expanding number of events [...]
10:00 am Volunteer Session Morning
Volunteer Session Morning
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a [...]
5:30 pm Volunteer Session Evening
Volunteer Session Evening
Sep 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Join RiverLink for an evening volunteer info session.  Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be light snacks and beverages. The information session will begin at [...]
5:30 pm Wilma Dykeman Book Club Monthly Discussion
Wilma Dykeman Book Club Monthly …
Sep 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
“Who Killed the French Broad” Discussion led by Karen Cragnolin, Executive Director, RiverLink Now is the perfect opportunity to dip into the work of Wilma [...]
5:00 pm RiverMusic continues with Nora Jane Struthers
RiverMusic continues with Nora J…
Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RiverMusic continues with Nora Jane Struthers @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, features Nora Jane Struthers, Sweet Leda and Megan Jean & The [...]

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