Volunteer Groups

Volunteer Groups

Help Your Group Make an Impact on the Watershed

Helping the environment is always better with a volunteer group! Whether you’re part of a company, school, church or just a group of friends, there’s a way that you can contribute to the French Broad River together. For these projects we will work with your group to find a date and time that works best for you. We’ll match your group and skills to an appropriate project that benefits the health of the watershed.

How to Setup a Service Day
  1. Gather a group of at least 5 people that are above the age of 7.
  2. Contact us at volunteer@riverlink.org or (828) 252-8474 x 12 and let us know the details of your group (# of people, age range, ability) and any dates/times that work for your schedule. “Please send us this information at least 2 weeks before your desired dates.”
  3. We’ll assign you to one of our current projects that we feel is appropriate for your group.
  4. On the day of service, RiverLink will provide all tools & supplies needed for you to make a positive impact on the watershed.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us, so much of what we do is powered by people like you. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Possible Activities

River and Stream Cleanups

Recommended age: 10 and up

Suggested time frame: 2-4 hours

Max group size: 18 for river cleanups | 30 for stream cleanups

River cleanup season: May-September

One of the easiest ways to improve our watershed is to simply remove trash that has built up along stream beds and banks. This pollution can have a serious impact on the health of these ecosystems and the species that live there. We work with groups of volunteers to wade or paddle through these spaces and collect the debris. You will get wet on these service days, but you’ll also gain a new perspective of these urban waterways.

Your volunteer group must have paddling experience to setup a river cleanup, otherwise we recommend a stream cleanup.

Stormwater Control

Stormwater Service Activities

Recommended age: 7 and up

Suggested time frame: 1-3 hours

Max group size: 20

Many issues can arise in our streams and rivers when stormwater is not properly managed. That’s where stormwater control measures come in or SCM’s for short. These landscape features help retain stormwater and allow it to soak into the soil while filtering out harmful pollutants. The extra holding capacity can also reduce the impacts of flooding on our community.

RiverLink has arranged a partnership with the City of Asheville where we help manage many of the SCM’s scattered throughout the area. Your volunteer group can help us maintain these by digging out drainage, weeding, mulching, re-vegetating etc.

Stream Buffer Management

Volunteer Groups at Azalea Park

Recommended age: 7 and up

Suggested time frame: 1-3 hours

Max group size: 50

Stream buffers serve as vital protection for our waterways. They provide food, shade, and habitat for many creatures and can help reduce the impacts of runoff. Many of these areas have been overrun with invasive plant species which can suffocate or out compete native varieties. Some buffers simply don’t exist which has lead to erosion and sediment in our waters.

Your volunteer group can help us by removing invasive plants, conducting live staking on eroded banks and otherwise restoring these ecosystems to their natural state.