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
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.
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.
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.
Water districts are taking some interesting measures in implementing new rules that require them to cut water use by as much as 36 percent.
Local water suppliers are chafing under new conservation rules. Yorba Linda stands apart in passionately objecting to 36 percent cuts because of fire risk.
More rain and cooler temperatures helped Golden State residents reduce their water use, but state officials are requiring more cuts.
The infusion more than triples the amount for MWD conservation incentives. The program had exhausted an initial allocation of $100 million due to "unprecedented" demand.
Three years in a row makes it routine: Memorial Day heralds the start of prime recreation season, sunrise to sunset on the Los Angeles River.
The regional water wholesaler says it has seen an “unprecedented increase” in additional turf removal requests since the Governor’s Executive Order on drought.
With shifts in the energy market, LA Department of Water and Power officials say divestment will be cheaper for Angelenos than continuing to own the Navajo plant.
Altadena resident Lizbeth Williams asked us what is up with all the green parrots in her neighborhood. We tried to find out.
“Cash for grass” programs aren't new, but the Metropolitan Water District calls this level of interest in its current program “unprecedented.”
Tim Dikdan's backyard milkweed and the caterpillars on it illustrate the complications in finding meaning in a small number of observations.
We travel a winding road for jacaranda answers — from Santa Monica, Orange and Arcadia to Brazil, Uruguay and, finally, to scientists in Sydney.
If a crippling drought isn't enough, California also suffers from a housing shortage. Nearly 40 million people live here, with more on the way, raising questions about the water needed to support them.