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

NOAA says signs point to 'significant' El Niño

Warming Pacific waters make the chances of the climate pattern a near certainty, but it's still unclear what effect El Niño will have on California's epic drought.

Drought: California to get lowest-flow shower heads in the country

In its latest response to the drought, the California Energy Commission has voted to set the toughest efficiency standards in the country for shower heads.

#ISeeChange: Why are mosquitoes getting worse?

Over the past century, warmer conditions and new species of bloodsuckers have exacerbated California's mosquito problems. Is climate change to blame?

Should names, addresses of lawn rebate recipients be disclosed?

The city of Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Water District disagree over whether the names and addresses of people and companies who received turf removal rebates from the MWD should be made public.

Drought: Metropolitan Water District may reveal rebate recipients

A new dispute between the Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Water District over the privacy of rebate information points up a growing interest in water-related data.

Drought: California offers you a new way to snitch on water wasters

Around 29,000 Californians reported water waste in May; now, the State Water Resources Control Board is trying to make snitching even easier.

Drought: 4 things to watch in June's water use report

On Thursday, state water regulators will make public how much water city dwellers used in June. We offer 4 things to watch out for in their report.

Coastal regulators add hurdles for Long Beach Harbor fracking

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.

DWP, drought decide Chatsworth pond fate, to locals' dismay

The pond is the latest victim of a changing balance established by local water managers between saving wildlife and saving water.

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.