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

#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.

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.