StormWater Facts

Stormwater: Why All the Fuss?

Stormwater is rain and snow that runs off solid surfaces such as parking lots, roads, and roofs and then empties into natural or manmade drainages. This water flows untreated to the rivers we use for drinking, fishing, and other recreation activities.

Stormwater is major contributor of pollution to our waterways as well as increasing the frequency and severity of flooding. In our urban and even in many rural areas, water which once entered the soil now drains from impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, roads, and roofs into below ground pipes or ditches. This water drains directly to our rivers and streams more quickly creating an increase in volume of water in our streams. Our streams where not built by nature to handle these flows, therefore there is an increase in streambank erosion creating steep banks, undercut banks, and sedimentation.

RiverLink has developed the Water Recycling, Infiltration, and Conservation for the Home (WaterRICH)
Program and handbook. This program helps residents learn what they can do to help reduce stormwater runoff, through the implementation of rain gardens, rain water harvesting, and other water quality features. Visit our WaterRICH page to learn more.

See the stormwater fact sheets below for much more information on why stormwater is important and how to minimize its impacts.

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StormWater Facts

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May
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11:45 am RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
May 18 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm
If you ever wondered about the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay development project – this is your opportunity to see and hear about the plans for the future. Available Seats: There is space for 12 participants on[...]
Jun
9
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5:00 pm RiverMusic @ Salvage Station
RiverMusic @ Salvage Station
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RiverMusic @ Salvage Station | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
RiverMusic 2017 kicks off with the first of our concerts at the Salvage Station, located at 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District. Watch this space to find out who our bands will be![...]
Jul
7
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5:00 pm RiverMusic @ Salvage Station
RiverMusic @ Salvage Station
Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RiverMusic @ Salvage Station | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
RiverMusic 2017 rocks on with the second of our concerts at the Salvage Station, located at 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District. Watch this space to find out who our bands will be! We’ll[...]
Jul
20
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11:45 am RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Jul 20 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm
If you ever wondered about the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay development project – this is your opportunity to see and hear about the plans for the future. Available Seats: There is space for 12 participants on[...]
Aug
26
Sat
12:00 pm RiverFest @ Salvage Station
RiverFest @ Salvage Station
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
RiverFest @ Salvage Station | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
RiverFest 2017 will, as always, be a blast! It all happens on Saturday, August 26 at the Salvage Station (map). The always entertaining Anything That Floats Parade will be back, as will local beer, live[...]

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