Emily Guerin Environment Reporter

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Emily Guerin is the Environment Reporter at KPCC. She has been reporting on energy and environmental issues in the American West since 2012.

Guerin came to KPCC from North Dakota, where she covered the state’s historic oil and gas boom for Inside Energy, a multimedia journalism collaboration covering energy issues in Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota. She won multiple awards for her reporting, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for stories on oilfield spills.

Previously, she lived in a town of 1,200 on Colorado’s rural Western Slope while reporting on natural resource and environmental issues for the Western magazine High Country News. She has also lead wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Guerin got her start in journalism reporting on the hidden back stories of abandoned buildings in Portland, Maine, while writing a column called “That’s My Dump!”

She graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History. Emily enjoys exploring out-of-the-way and otherwise overlooked places, a good cup of tea and riding her bike. She has lived in all four U.S. time zones.


Stories by Emily Guerin

California's Monarch butterflies are dying

The iconic, once ubiquitous butterfly spends its winters along the California coast, and its habitat is threatened by development, drought and disease.

LA cuts coal use by 25 percent

As of July 1, LADWP is no longer buying coal-fired electricity from the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona.

Californians cut water use by 28 percent in May

In the last month of mandatory water restrictions, Californians saved 28% compared to May 2013. Going forward, agencies will set their own water cutback targets if necessary.

Redlands uses alligators to save water (and avoid a $61K fine)

Redlands won't pay a $61,000 fine for wasting water. Instead, it will use education and incentives to cut back — but the state isn't tracking the water savings.

More whales are getting caught in fishing gear

Whale entanglements hit an all-time high in 2015 and could surpass that this year.

AQMD proposes new business-friendly air quality plan

The plan jettisons regulations deemed too costly for businesses and relies on incentives and voluntary action to achieve air quality goals

Ventura oil spill said to have minimal eco-impacts

An ecologist who studies oil spills along the California coast says the Hall Canyon spill outside Ventura could have been much worse.

LADWP says it has enough water for 3 more years of drought

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says it won't be continuing with state-mandated water conservation but will continue to encourage residents to save water under city conservation targets.

Ventura cleaning up 29,000-gallon oil spill

Fire officials said the flow of oil would not reach the ocean. Crimson Pipeline has taken responsibility for the spill. Their system didn't detect it due to ongoing repairs.

Some water agencies say 'no' to mandated water cuts despite drought

A number of water providers say they have enough supply to meet demand over three more years of drought. They're telling the state they don't need a set conservation goal.

SoCal water wholesalers to detail drought plans Wednesday

The State Water Resources Control Board is requiring all water wholesalers to guarantee they have enough water for the next three years of drought. Their plans are due Wednesday.

AllenCo to pay $1.25 million to LA in lawsuit settlement

An AllenCo oil facility near USC has been the source of fumes and odors that neighbors say have caused health problems. Critics call settlement inadequate.

DWP board approves new 25-year water use plan

Critics call projections of available water optimistic. They say the new plan encourages unsustainable growth. DWP says its job is accommodate growth.

Here's how the Feds want to make the ocean quieter for whales

Sound from sonar and seismic oil exploration can travel hundreds of mile underwater and stress marine mammals. But the options for federal regulators are limited.