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

Safe Drinking Water Act's 40th year offers new opportunities for helping Coachella Valley

In 1974, lawmakers decided tap water in the United States should be safe to drink. Until then, we didn’t have a national standard for drinking water. Those reports your local provider gives you about water quality? They didn’t exist.

Little fracking at LA, Orange County oil fields, AQMD reports

After a year and a half surveying oil and gas operations in the LA Basin, air regulators find little fracking, but regular "acidizing" and other stimulation methods.

Federal court backs Delta water flows for salmon

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Richard Tallman has affirmed environmental protections for salmon. “People need water, but so do fish.” he wrote.

Beach water quality tests could be a lot faster, study says

When health officials make warnings about beaches now, it’s based on yesterday’s news. Scientists now say predictive modeling could better inform closure decisions.

La Habra Heights oil battle heats up over initiative summary

A vote next March on whether to ban some types of oil production in La Habra Heights is already causing controversy, with a lawsuit over the ballot summary.

Drought: 4 ways we capture storm water

Billions of gallons of water have fallen on Los Angeles County during December storms. Much of it kept going, lost into storm drains. Couldn’t we use that water?

De Leon seeks to divest state pensions from coal invesments

California State Senator Kevin de Leon says he’ll introduce legislation next month to get the state’s public employees retirement system off of coal.

Drought: more money available to spur lawn replacement

If you’re thinking about ripping out your lawn for a water-saving rebate, your chance of getting one just got better.

Hermosa Beach oil drilling plan makes waves in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica City Council will vote on a resolution against oil drilling in Santa Monica Bay. But the real controversy lies in nearby Hermosa Beach.

'Designer' recycled water grows to record levels in SoCal

They call it “designer water” – but you won't find it in an exclusive store. Wastewater recycling is a key strategy to develop sustainable local water supplies.

Drought: Thanks to South Coast, water savings shrink again

More than half the state's water is used between Ventura and the Mexican border, and conservation is down, with several potential but no definitive explanations.

New sensor offers local view of ocean acidification

A new ocean chemistry monitor in Carlsbad gives researchers and shell fishermen real-time data on acidity changes in local waters.

Decision delayed on expanded oil drilling in West Adams

A decision on whether to permit expanded oil drilling has been delayed after about a hundred residents turned out to a hearing to oppose the plan.

EPA proposes cuts to ozone emissions

After a long delay, the Obama Administration proposes cuts to Ozone emissions by about 7 to 13 percent

City of LA has done little oversight on Jefferson oil drilling site

A zoning administrator will likely approve expanded work at a south L.A. oil site in a routine hearing. West Adams neighbors say the hearing is anything but.