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

Drought: LA water use drops nearly 9 percent, Calif. down 11

Californians still haven't cut their water use by 20 percent as the governor requested when he declared drought. But conservation is trending is in the right direction.

Local town relies on neighbors to ease ongoing water shortage

Lake of the Woods near the Tejon Pass remains vulnerable to the drought even after the state removes it from a list tracking severe water shortages.

LA Waterkeeper wants you riding dirty for the drought

LA Waterkeeper is challenging motorists to drive dirty and pledge to skip car washes for 60 days.

Plan looks to balance conservation with renewable energy

Federal and state officials released a massive, long-awaited framework for developing renewable energy projects while conserving the Mojave and Colorado deserts.

University of California will not divest from fossil fuels

University of California regents have voted to maintain holdings in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest UC’s portfolio of coal, oil, and gas.

'Heat storm' preparations start months earlier at LADWP

Deep in winter, before you'll ever see short sleeves, the L.A. Department of Water and Power uses complex forecasting tools to predict and respond to heat waves.

Gov. Brown signs first California groundwater rules

Brown has signed legislation overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells.

Blocked public beach access remains an issue in California

The California Coastal Commission got new authority to fine landowners who block public access to beaches. So far, the agency hasn't issued any citations.

The mattress experiment is over... for now

KPCC's Molly Peterson and Kevin Ferguson left a mattress on the curb with a GPS tracker in it. Four days later, it got picked up. Where did it go?

Fracking's environmental risks in Calif. are small, report finds

The federal Bureau of Land Management announced plans to resume oil and gas leasing for fracking in California, on the same day it released the report.

LA County Public Works fined $264K for air pollution

Fines levied are the result of a settlement under which the agency will pay into the state’s air pollution control fund.

World locks in future carbon emissions with existing power plants

UC Irvine scientist co-authors report that says the amount of emissions we've already locked into is growing by about 4 percent a year with each new power plant.

West loses 63 trillion gallons of groundwater to drought

Scientists used GPS data to figure out that the loss of all that water has caused the earth to rise slightly, mostly beneath the mountains.

Drought: Higher water prices challenged in San Juan Capistrano

The Orange County city, which helped pioneer conservation-minded water rates, is now the site of a dispute around whether those rates are permissible.

Does my community have water restrictions?

The state Water Resources Control Board adopted outdoor watering restrictions that apply to municipalities that didn't already have mandatory restrictions in place Here, you can find restrictions for many Southern California municipalities, links to incentives and some helpful tips to conserve water.