A new wildlife refuge is opening up in a part of the state where fish kill have become so common they are considered a public health hazard.
The Fishlake National Wildlife Refuge at the California-Oregon border is part of an effort to reduce the number of fish kills in California.
The refuge, a former commercial fishing area, is part the Fish and Game Commission’s proposed new refuge, which includes a park, boat launch, and fishing pier.
The new refuge is expected to cost $1.5 billion, according to the commission.
The project was proposed in 2016 and was approved by the State Legislature in 2019.