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

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.

Slow the flow, act like a sponge

You could call it "low impact development" or "green infrastructure" or any number of other things. But I like what the State Water Resources Control Board has done with the imagery: they've got a new video explaining how to make your landscape act more like a sponge.

LADWP partners with Chinese company BYD, LA-based Quallion to develop new power batteries

Two companies will work with the city of Los Angeles to develop ways to store large amounts of renewable energy.

LADWP offers workshops for customers to learn more about the utility's plans

Customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power can learn more about the utility's long-range plans at a series of workshops – including one tonight.

DWP Cafeteria in the John Ferraro building now closed to the public [UPDATED]

It's been a favorite of jury pool members, people on the Chowhound board, and journalists looking for an affordable lunch, but now all those people are shut out. The cafeteria downstairs in the John Ferraro building - DWP's big iconic heaquarters on Hope Street - is no longer for you.

Imperial County, EPA argue over air quality rules

Imperial County officials are escalating a fight with the federal Environmental Protection Agency over how to improve air pollution at the root of health problems there.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa appoints his former chief of staff to Harbor Commission

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has named his former chief of staff to the city's Harbor Commission.

Bakersfield & the Bidarts: art, and science

When seismologist Lisa Grant Ludwig first told me she worked on a patch of land in the Carrizo Plain called the Bidart Fan, I said, you mean like Frank Bidart? Having poets for siblings has, once again, enabled me to get a good view of the intersection of two specialities.

Prepare for a big Southern California quake sooner rather than later, researchers say

For decades, earthquake researchers have sought clues about how the San Andreas Fault has ruptured along a treeless stretch of land near Bakersfield. Seismologists from UC Irvine now say there's evidence of more quakes than they’d previously counted at that spot - findings that suggest a greater potential for the big one in Southern California.

LA officials use green infrastructure to fight stormwater pollution

Stormwater's one of the worst polluters of coastal waters. That's a big reason why state and local officials have cracked down on rainwater runoff that can foul the ocean. In Los Angeles, a dense, sprawling watershed complicates those pollution controls. Public agencies are trying to lower the impact of development.

Green infrastructure could cut stormwater pollution in Ventura County

A welcome rainstorm cleans the skies and the streets but sends a chemical soup flowing into the ocean. State regulators are putting in new rules to capture much of that runoff before it fouls the coastal waters.   In Ventura County, those rules calls for changes in the way gutters and culverts direct rainfall runoff. The approach has developers and cities worried.

LA County invests in debris basin upgrades

Los Angeles County officials say upgrades to debris basins managed by the public works department are a big part of preparation for the next storm season.

DWP backs away from coastal power plant legislation

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has backed away from supporting a piece of legislation it had endorsed. It would have delayed environmental limits on the utility’s coastal power plants.

EPA proposal would ban ship sewage dumping near California coast

Federal environmental officials are proposing a ban on cruise ships and cargo ships dumping sewage in the three miles closest to California's shores.