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

A riddle: Can a fish turn off water pumps in California's Delta?

Brandon Middleton, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation, checked out my blog on Fiorina and water in the Central Valley, and like Fiorina did to me, offers corrections I may not need for an analysis of water policy in California he agrees "is not easy to understand.

Reviewing The Big Uneasy, Revisiting Maria Garzino

I saw The Big Uneasy last weekend, Harry Shearer's film in which Maria Garzino tells her story again. Which is still unfinished. Note: I posted about The Big Easy a couple weeks ago, and who joined the debate but Harry Shearer himself!

Lewis McAdams springs a Piggyback Yard from his head

I'm really glad the New York Times noticed this crazy idea from a crazy band of dreamers about the LA River.

Fish, flies & frogs: also, farms, Fiorina, and (California's) future

I was interested and surprised when Carly Fiorina started her discussion of issues with a reference to the Delta smelt. Water politics are astoundingly complicated in California; a shorthand reference to them can be difficult - people just don't know what you're talking about, even though the complex circulatory system that keeps water moving through this state is almost literally the heart of the state's environment AND economy.

Mike Taugher: fewer job losses linked to Delta, drought

Both Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina have said that Delta pumping restrictions have cost Californians jobs.

The real story about Baucus and Boxer and "we don't legislate very much"

A portion of the debate today - just a small portion - touched on Barbara Boxer's chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works committee. Patt asked whether Boxer had been effective in her leadership of the EPW committee - citing something Senator Baucus said - parahrasing him, saying it was disconcerting that the message amendments and bills kept coming through and not actual party leadership.

Proposition 21 raises questions about California state parks' value, state budget's woes

Voters have brought Proposition 21 to the statewide ballot this fall.

Thousands of migratory birds descend on downtown LA

For the next few weeks, a swoop of swifts – thousands of small migratory birds - will descend on a chimney in downtown Los Angeles as they make their way from Canada to Central America for the winter.

Port of Los Angeles moves ahead with new labor, environmental rules for trucking companies

Now that it’s won a key victory in federal court, the Port of Los Angeles is moving ahead with new labor and environmental rules for trucking companies that serve the harbor.

Forget NPR, Shearer, The Big Uneasy, me: Maria Garzino still wants answers

So Harry Shearer’s ticked off at NPR’s “censorship” of coverage for his film The Big Uneasy, and NPR’s Ombudsman rejects his claims. And the whole silly flap – on the NPR site, on twitter, on blogs – misses the point.

Appeals court rules local air quality agencies can't limit train emissions

A federal judge has knocked down efforts by Southland air quality regulators to limit pollution at railyards.

'99 Cents Only' stores fined nearly $410,000 for illegal pesticide sales

A federal judge has ordered a $400,000 fine for the "99 Cents Only" stores. The discount chain sold illegal pesticide products.

To study the Rim of the Valley, the National Park Service is looking for you

If you spend time in the Angeles National Forest or the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service wants to hear from you. A new study considers how the federal government should manage that land.

Park Service studies Rim of the Valley Corridor, seeks input

The National Park Service wants Southern Californians to weigh in on whether the Santa Monica Mountains and other local ranges should be joined together into a national park.

Long Beach to get $2.5M for wetlands restoration

California's resources agency is giving Long Beach $2.5 million to expand parkland along the Los Angeles River.