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

LA officials to weigh 2-day-a-week watering limits

Under the proposal, odd-numbered addresses could water Monday and Friday; even-numbered properties would have Sunday and Thursday.

Strict new rules to slash lawns to 25 percent of new home landscaping

New rules passed by state regulators will limit how much grass Californians can plant at new homes and some larger remodeled ones.

Graywater's future brightening with help from homebuilders

Graywater, the recycled water collected from your sink, shower or washing machine, is becoming increasingly popular with California’s building industry.

Cities to keep lawn rebates flowing after MWD money dries up

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.

Metropolitan Water District's $450 million 'cash-for-grass' program runs dry

Demand for the water conservation program has increased 20-fold, and officials say there's no more money.

CPUC considers pricing plan that would boost electricity bills

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.

As water dwindles, Catalina seeks more desalination

L.A. County supervisors are looking at helping finance expanded desalination on Catalina Island, which is facing a 50 percent cut in water use.

Central Valley composer imagines 'Water (less) Music'

Composer draws on poetry about water and drought to create an orchestral work to be performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

#ISeeChange: Are sphinx moths common in the high desert?

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.

Santa Barbara to re-open mothballed desalination plant

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.

#ISeeChange: Pelagic tuna crabs return

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.

San Juan Capistrano water rate ruling complicates drought measures, municipalities say

Counties, cities and water agencies are lobbying the California Supreme Court to depublish a ruling that San Juan Capistrano's rates are unconstitutional.

Stormwater capture rules gain new urgency as drought lingers

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.

Salton Sea: Dropping levels, growing salt, and drought worries

Randy Brown set an obscure record, walking 116 miles around the shoreline of the Salton Sea. He wants people to pay more attention to its fate.

California drought: Riverside sues over water restrictions

It’s the strongest objection so far on record to the state’s regulations, which aim to reduce urban water use collectively by a quarter and call on individual water suppliers to make deep cutbacks.