Profile: RiverLink

RiverLink is a regional nonprofit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its watershed as a destination for everyone to work, live and play.

We accomplish our mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements and reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment. We develop greenways, create public no-fee, no-reservation overnight camping sites along the river and adapt and reuse historic structures.

Annually, we educate 5,000 K-12 students, in addition to interested members of the public, about the French Broad River watersheds’ importance. We also empower over 1,700 volunteers each year.

RiverLink promotes the power of “forever” in all its work and demonstrates, through its work and projects, that a healthy economy in the French Broad River watershed is dependent on a healthy and clean river that is swimmable, drinkable, fishable and accessible.

Sustainability is the key to understanding the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan that RiverLink has developed. The Dykeman Plan documents the need for respecting the carrying capacity of our shared French Broad River watershed, along with the social and economic challenges for making the watershed the best place to live, work and play.

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