Removal of the Embrey dam on the Rappahannock river in the US is one step closer. US$2.5M for the project is in the federal budget passed by the House and the Senate and is awaiting president Bush's signature.

The dam was to have been removed by summer 2003, but logistical delays have pushed back the schedule by a year. Officials first had to find a disposal site for 300,000 cubic yards of silt that had piled up behind the dam.

The 92-year-old dam is being demolished to allow migratory fish to swim upstream to their natural spawning areas.