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
He’s not really a dude at all. He's got a lawn-green tennis ball for a head…and he’s got a drinking problem that we enable with all our watering.
In light of the drought, the measures are meant to be a backstop for localities that don't already have mandatory emergency prohibitions in place.
Starting today for the next five weeks, fishermen who net swordfish will find a large stretch of local waters closed off to protect sea turtles.
The majority of Californians say the state should do something about climate change, but many don't want to pay more for cleaner energy.
The underground reservoir is an important source of drinking water for residents of San Bernardino, Riverside and surrounding communities.
State water regulators want to make sure local officials have the authority they need to clamp down on water waste in cities. Violating the new rules could cost you $500.
Less than one-tenth of one percent of yards in the region have switched using rebates, despite incentives to replace grass lawns with other plants.
Metropolitan Water District offers $2 for each square foot of ditched grass. Interest in the program has grown, but adoption has not.
The State Water Resources Control Board is considering emergency regulations that could penalize residents who use too much water with fines of up to $500 a day.
Monday's news is nosy about your neighbors' groundwater drilling logs, and is nudging your urban-homeowner neighbor to conserve more water.
With an eye toward planning for climate change, the Ventura County city of Oxnard is fighting plans for a new power plant along the coast.
The toughest-in-the-nation regulation was three contentious years in the making, and it presents a challenge for many smaller water suppliers around the state.
It shouldn't be a major shock and surprise that it's a bad year to set off fireworks in most parts of California. I wonder whether that will stop anyone.
Friday's news is a little worried about whether San Francisco's 8-year-olds are gonna ask questions about the city's new, suggestive public education campaign.
An investigation into a fire four years ago in San Diego prompted a wider inquiry into how FedEx handles restricted chemicals at all of its California facilities.