River Link

RiverLink’s French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson, and volunteer Mark Vanderhoff paddled the entire river from Rosman to Knoxville in the 2006 Tour de French Broad. Carson will be paddling the entire Pigeon River starting May 5.

RiverLink was born in 1987 of simultaneous efforts to address water-quality concerns throughout the French Broad River basin, expand public opportunities for access and recreation, and guide the economic revitalization of Asheville’s riverfront district. Executive Director Karen Cragnolin says, “RiverLink is eternally grateful to this community for its support of our programs. We are a grassroots organization and we are honored to be spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its watershed as a destination for everyone to live, work and play.”

RiverLink focuses on issues that directly impact the environmental health of our region’s rivers and streams and the growth and sustainability of our economy. Programs include the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay, a plan for 17 miles of river parks and greenways; the French Broad Riverkeeper, who is the eyes and ears of the river; Muddy Water Watch citizen monitoring; Watershed Education for K-12 students and adults; volunteer opportunities, such as Adopt-a-Stream river cleanups; and special events, including Rockin’ RiverFest in the summer

Student work from RiverLink’s Earth Day River Art & Writing competition is currently on display through May 4 at Pack Place Community Gallery. Tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers April 17 during RiverLink’s monthly Riverfront Bus Tour. For a schedule of additional upcoming events and more info on RiverLink, visit www.riverlink.org.

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