After millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into the French Broad River last week, RiverLink saw an educational opportunity surface. The nonprofit will host a tour of MSD’s wastewater treatment plant June 4 at 10 a.m. (Pictured: French Broad River Academy students visit the RiverLink office to learn about the urban water cycle, the focus of the upcoming tour. (Photo courtesy of RiverLink)
Even as the holidays come barreling toward us, some folks around the globe fear the mythical planet Nibiru may be doing the same and will trigger some unspecified cataclysm on Dec. 21. Notwithstanding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, however, local agencies seem focused on preparing for more realistic potential threats. Although it may not be the end of the world, Western North Carolina does remain vulnerable to a wide range of natural and human-made catastrophes, including floods, blizzards, fires and even nuclear accidents.
What do you get when you cast a world-class artist, a devoted environmentalist, and a poet laureate together on one stage? Answer: a very fine alchemy, where art, science, and education merge, and — if the featured guests have their way — the results may provoke social transformation.
In today’s RiverLink-sponsored event, the Xpress flotilla fires the first water balloon at the judges.
The local musician offers a free download of his “Riversong” in celebration of the annual RiverLink fundraiser and all-day festival.
Take a hike, learn about aquatic life or browse local crafts. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend entertainment.
The best things in life are free (or cheap), and we’ve got local theater, a letterpress print collective, nature walks and yoga to prove it. As always, Xpress highlights the best in low-cost happenings to keep you entertained on a budget.
Whether you’re an avid outdoors person or just interested in the natural world, experiencing adventure on the big screen sounds pretty good this time of year.
Free Trees! Asheville High students Jake Rickman and Clay Hurand listen to RiverLink’s Dave Russell, right, talk about the history of the mill site, where the nonprofit is set up for its annual tree giveaway.
RiverLink and Americorps teamed up for a Sept. 9 cleanup of the French Broad River. The group hauled a plethora of trash and unusual items out of a stretch of the river near downtown Asheville, including huge tires, a rocking horse, a news bin and more.
The Anything that Floats Parade, a contest to test the creativity of water-lovers, kicked off this year’s RiverFest.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
The Oshun Mountain Sanctuary, a nonprofit “dedicated to creating a center for rejuvenation,” has purchased the site of the former Richmond Hill Inn. The group, in partnership with RiverLink, announced the purchase today, Aug. 1, and noted the intent of raising $5 million more to complete construction of the project.
The free, all-day, French Broad River-saving, rafting, dancing, band-listening, local food-eating, dog parading festival is held at French Broad River Park on Saturday, Aug. 14.
What connects RiverLink, a 6-year-old from Southern Pines, N.C., and Katy Couric? An interest in the Gulf oil disaster. CBS Evening Show host Couric contacted RiverLink recently after seeing a RiverLink blog that featured 6-year-od Skylar Fielder-Jones’ efforts to collect cleanup supplies for the oil disaster and donate them to the Asheville-based nonprofit. Here’s the full scoop from RiverLink.
There’s only one week left to submit for RiverLink’s 3rd Annual Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest! Submission deadline is Wednesday, March 17, say contest sponsors RiverLink. Pictured here, Olivia Soosar, a second-grader at Veritas Christian Academy, offers her vision of Earth Day.
Goal is to recommend policies for fostering growth along river
It’s time for the May 9 French Broad River Fins & Gills Classic Fishing Tournament. Sponsored by Clear Channel Radio of Asheville and Asheville Outdoor Center, the event benefits local nonprofit RiverLink in its mission to protect and restore the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, work and play!
The more I wrote about drought this spring, the more it rained. I considered starting a second career as a contrarian rainmaker. I could lease my talents out to water-hungry towns, an editor suggested. Still, I wondered what I would write about. The rain gave me more time indoors, even as I fell behind in […]
RiverLink is pushing to establish a railroad quiet zone, where trains would be limited from sounding their horns, in Asheville’s River District. The nonprofit hosted a meeting with some 30 people at A-B Tech on Feb. 21 to explain what a quiet zone is, and why some locals believe one is needed. RiverLink Executive Director […]
As Gertrude Stein might have put it, “River is a river is a river is a river.” In pursuit of love and protection, RiverLink initiated a Name That Creek project, an effort to locate unnamed tributaries in the French Broad River watershed and christen them.
RiverLink was recently the recipient of two grants for restoration and improvement of the water quality and habitat in several area streams.