Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.
Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."
A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.
Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.
She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.
Stories by Molly Peterson
For the first time, coastal regulators have asserted authority over offshore fracking. Thums Long Beach plans operations to begin next month in Long Beach Harbor.
The pond is the latest victim of a changing balance established by local water managers between saving wildlife and saving water.
Under the proposal, odd-numbered addresses could water Monday and Friday; even-numbered properties would have Sunday and Thursday.
New rules passed by state regulators will limit how much grass Californians can plant at new homes and some larger remodeled ones.
Graywater, the recycled water collected from your sink, shower or washing machine, is becoming increasingly popular with California’s building industry.
Metropolitan says Southern Californians have claimed nearly $390 million in incentives to save water by getting rid of grass, but some cities want to keep going.
Demand for the water conservation program has increased 20-fold, and officials say there's no more money.
A proposal backed by Southern California Edison would shrink the difference between tiers. Those who use less would pay more, and those who use more would pay less.
L.A. County supervisors are looking at helping finance expanded desalination on Catalina Island, which is facing a 50 percent cut in water use.
Composer draws on poetry about water and drought to create an orchestral work to be performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
A moth seen in a Victorville yard for the first time may not signal a shift in range, but scientists say the moth’s presence may reflect drought in the high desert.
It will cost $54 million to open, and Santa Barbara has already cut water use by about 24 percent, but water managers say re-engineering the desalination facility is worth it.
The mass stranding of the little, lobster-like creatures may be an indication of a developing "El Niño" climate pattern in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Counties, cities and water agencies are lobbying the California Supreme Court to depublish a ruling that San Juan Capistrano's rates are unconstitutional.
State regulators could approve rules that for the first time aims not only to keep Los Angeles County rivers and beaches clean, but also to capture stormwater.