Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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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

Environmental concerns conflict with pocketbooks in survey

The majority of Californians say the state should do something about climate change, but many don't want to pay more for cleaner energy.

Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

The underground reservoir is an important source of drinking water for residents of San Bernardino, Riverside and surrounding communities.

Drought: 5 things to know about California's new water rules

State water regulators want to make sure local officials have the authority they need to clamp down on water waste in cities. Violating the new rules could cost you $500.

Drought: 12 things to know about lawn replacement programs

Less than one-tenth of one percent of yards in the region have switched using rebates, despite incentives to replace grass lawns with other plants.

Cash for Grass: How well is it working?

Metropolitan Water District offers $2 for each square foot of ditched grass. Interest in the program has grown, but adoption has not.

California board considers wasting water fines up to $500/day

The State Water Resources Control Board is considering emergency regulations that could penalize residents who use too much water with fines of up to $500 a day.

California Drought News: Nosily nudging neighbors to save

Monday's news is nosy about your neighbors' groundwater drilling logs, and is nudging your urban-homeowner neighbor to conserve more water.

Oxnard cites sea level rise in fight against coastal power plant

With an eye toward planning for climate change, the Ventura County city of Oxnard is fighting plans for a new power plant along the coast.

Chromium 6 drinking water rules take effect, frustrating some suppliers

The toughest-in-the-nation regulation was three contentious years in the making, and it presents a challenge for many smaller water suppliers around the state.

Drought News: Views about saving water, plus fireworks!

It shouldn't be a major shock and surprise that it's a bad year to set off fireworks in most parts of California. I wonder whether that will stop anyone.

Drought News: Sex in conservation ads, freedom for water markets

Friday's news is a little worried about whether San Francisco's 8-year-olds are gonna ask questions about the city's new, suggestive public education campaign.

Toxic regulators sue FedEx over hazardous shipments

An investigation into a fire four years ago in San Diego prompted a wider inquiry into how FedEx handles restricted chemicals at all of its California facilities.

California beaches cleaner after drier winter

The Natural Resources Defense Council places California’s beaches 11th among 30 U.S. coastal states in meeting federal pollution standards.

Environmental groups challenge coal export leases in Long Beach

An appeal of a harbor commission decision earlier this month move amplifies locally a growing national debate over the safety and legality of coal exports.

California Drought News: Navy showers, sudden oak death and more

Monday's news takes note of the fact that the US and Portugal took the first water break of the FIFA World Cup — it was more than 90 degrees after dark in the Arena Amazonia.