Martin denies wanting to destroy Englebright Dam |

Martin denies wanting to destroy Englebright Dam

Supervisor Elizabeth Martin criticized opponent Robin Sutherland at Wednesday’s debate for a newspaper ad that says Martin wants to tear down Englebright Dam – an ad Martin says is untrue.

“(Sutherland) hasn’t done her homework, or she is telling you what you want to hear so you will vote for her,” said Martin during the debate, which was sponsored by the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Englebright Dam is under scrutiny for its effects on salmon migrations up the Yuba River. A state group, CALFED, intends to study whether to decommission the dam.

That environmental issue became part of an ad in the Sept. 27 edition of the Wildwood Independent, paid for by the Friends of Robin Sutherland.

Martin said the ad stated she wants to tear down Englebright dam.

According to Martin the ad is wrong, and she does not believe the dam should be removed.

“The ad isn’t true, and there’s not a shred of evidence,” she said.

Martin said she has published three or four editorials in favor of the dam and has spoken up for it in numerous meetings. “I am against the removal of Englebright Dam.”

Reached at her office Thursday, Sutherland said she would have to call back with a response, but did not. A subsequent call also was not returned.

Sutherland’s campaign consultant, Donna Kingwell, did not return a phone call Thursday requesting documentation that Martin was trying to remove the dam.

As proof of her support, Martin submitted a 1999 supervisors’ resolution she wrote that calls for Englebright to be saved while finding a way to restore the salmon and steelhead runs if habitat is found upstream.

One of Martin’s financial backers is Dave Munro, owner of Skipper’s Cove Marina on Engelbright.

If the dam is taken down, Munro said, he would have no business left.

As chairman of the Lake Team, part of the CALFED initiative, Munro said he has been to numerous meetings with Martin where she has spoken against taking down the dam.

Munro said he has never heard Martin call for the dam’s removal.

“She has never said that, never taken that position,” he said. “She has taken the opposite position many times.”

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