Energizing a revitalized French Broad
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
The Watershed Society is a powerful group of river lovers who commit significant resources in a community of changemakers. We envision a watershed where everyone belongs and everyone thrives, as the revitalization of the French Broad continues. The Watershed Society offers a crucible for its members to learn about our mission, focusing on critical issues including water quality, habitat conservation, and related challenges that impact local residents and businesses — advancing RiverLink’s role as a catalyst for innovative, science-based solutions that address current threats.
Designed to recognize community members who invest $1,000 or more annually, The Watershed Society comprises RiverLink’s most generous individual donor base and is the driving force behind much of our work.
The French Broad River is at a critical juncture. In a time of accelerating climate change – with the river recently classified as “Impaired” under the Clean Water Act, and recreational use at an all-time high – RiverLink’s efforts to continue the river’s revitalization must meet the rising challenges.
For over 35 years, RiverLink has proven that transformation is possible. Where Asheville’s riverfront was degraded by damaging industry, then abandoned – RiverLink and partners have transformed attitudes and created a thriving destination featuring galleries, restaurants, breweries, and parks, all linked by a public greenway. But there’s more to do to complete the job.
How we’ll get there: A Watershed of Opportunity
With seven full-time staff plus three AmeriCorps Project Conserve members, RiverLink is small but mighty. The Watershed Society creates impact across all program areas:
Joining is easy! Contribute $1,000 or more — via credit card online, or mail a check to: RiverLink at 170 Lyman St., Asheville, NC 28801.
For detailed information about The Watershed Society—including gifts of stock, planned giving and more, please contact Susan Andrew, 828.252.8474 x. 115, or at firstname.lastname@example.org