KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- A proposed initiative to bar Klamath County from supporting removal of four dams from the Klamath River has failed to qualify for the county ballot.

The Herald and News reports that Klamath County Clerk Linda Smith said Thursday it does not meet state constitutional requirements to stick to one subject, or a court ruling barring initiatives from addressing administrative actions.

Frank Goodson of Voters Opposed to Dam Removal says they will appeal.

Long-running battles over sharing scarce water between salmon and farms led to two landmark agreements this year.

One lays out plans for removing four hydroelectric dams on the upper Klamath that block salmon. The other covers sharing water between fish and farms and restoring ecological balance to the basin.

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Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com

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