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

How are SoCal cities reacting to Calif's water 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.

Fire risk makes water precious in Yorba Linda

Local water suppliers are chafing under new conservation rules. Yorba Linda stands apart in passionately objecting to 36 percent cuts because of fire risk.

CA cuts water use 13.5 percent in April; LA drops 10 percent

More rain and cooler temperatures helped Golden State residents reduce their water use, but state officials are requiring more cuts.

'Cash for Grass' gets new cash ($350 million) from MWD

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.

Your recreation guide to the Los Angeles River

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.

Metropolitan could boost 'cash for grass' by $350M

The regional water wholesaler says it has seen an “unprecedented increase” in additional turf removal requests since the Governor’s Executive Order on drought.

Los Angeles to sell share in Navajo coal-fired energy plant

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.

#ISeeChange: Where Southern California's parrots roost

Altadena resident Lizbeth Williams asked us what is up with all the green parrots in her neighborhood. We tried to find out.

Demand outstrips funding for Metropolitan lawn rebates

“Cash for grass” programs aren't new, but the Metropolitan Water District calls this level of interest in its current program “unprecedented.”

#ISeeChange: What's up with the Monarch butterflies?

Tim Dikdan's backyard milkweed and the caterpillars on it illustrate the complications in finding meaning in a small number of observations.

#ISeeChange: Why SoCal's jacarandas may be blooming early

We travel a winding road for jacaranda answers — from Santa Monica, Orange and Arcadia to Brazil, Uruguay and, finally, to scientists in Sydney.

California homes save water; development continues despite drought

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.

Appeals court throws out water rates meant to spur conservation

The court rules San Juan Capistrano did not justify its sliding scale of water rates and violated state law meant to curb arbitrary pricing.

Drought: Without snow, LADWP's water pumping might suffer

Los Angeles ability to pump water from Inyo County may be limited this year, in another possible consequence of an extremely dry winter in California.

Drought: 10 things to know about California water use

There's a lot of talk and finger-pointing about water use in California. Here's what you need to know.