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

[Updated] Marine spatial planning in Calif. sets example for new federal ocean plans

A presidential task force said today that the United States should improve ocean policy by managing what people do in coastal waters by region, not just by activity.

Environmentalists dream of park space along Los Angeles River

Earlier this month federal regulators named the Los Angeles River a navigable waterway. That's given advocates for its restoration new hope for new projects. Here's more about one group's dream park near downtown Los Angeles.

New study could prove more drinking water available in Antelope Valley

A new study from the US Geological Survey and Los Angeles County could yield a new source of drinking water for the Antelope Valley.

Station Fire's accelerated flood cycle speeds public works planning for sediment management

The Station Fire burned nearly a year ago in and around the Angeles National Forest. The fire’s out, but the job’s not done for fire departments and public works crews. They’re still worried about what could happen below the burn area when a second rainy season arrives. Federal, state and local officials met to decide how to manage mudflows.

LA Councilmember Garcetti proposes DWP ratepayer advocate

The Los Angeles City Council will consider soon whether voters will have a say about a ratepayer advocate for LA Department of Water and Power customers.

SCE's smart meter program hits 1M mark

More than one million energy users in Southern California now have so-called smart meters. Southern California Edison announced today it’s reached a milestone with the technology.

Ventura stormwater forecast: cloudy, with a chance of clearing

Just a quick update on a story I posted over the weekend about Ventura stormwater management. The regional water quality control board has for three years been working on low-impact development rules: a watershed-wide permit that would govern how new development and re-development must manage stormwater on their properties.

Lancaster looks to up solar leases in the Antelope Valley

The Antelope Valley city of Lancaster announces a new solar plan Monday. Officials there hope to install solar panels on residential rooftops throughout the city.

New bacteria limits passed for LA River

Cities along the Los Angeles River face increasing responsibility for preventing bacteria from entering the waterway after regional water regulators passed new standards at a meeting in Glendale on Friday.

Low-impact development rules approved in Ventura

Local officials, environmentalists and developers in Ventura have been wrestling with an unprecedented stormwater management plan that could set tough limits on what new development in that county must do with rainfall. The decision could set examples for how California's other coastal counties deal with rainfall that can pollute coastal waters and foul beaches, creating environmental and public health risks. Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board approved - for the second time - a permit setting out guidelines for low-impact development in the Ventura watershed.

Interior head says new offshore drilling moratorium on its way

Federal Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters in Malibu today that the Obama Administration will announce a new ban on offshore oil drilling in the next few days.

Ventura stormwater runoff rules approved, not clearly understood

Los Angeles' regional water regulators have approved a set of rules to limit stormwater runoff from properties in the Ventura County area.

EPA navigates new policy designating Los Angeles River a 'traditionally navigable waterway'

The blue ribbon of water that winds among L.A.'s highways and highrises got good news on Wednesday. Federal authorities decreed the Los Angeles River worthy of environmental protection while visiting one of its feeder creeks in the city of Compton. The policy shift settles a longstanding dispute.

LA River gets Clean Water Act protections

Good news for the Los Angeles River has come twice today. Local officials announced new restoration plans for a stretch of Compton Creek that feeds into the river. Federal officials have designated the full length of the river a "traditional navigable waterway."

LA City Council sends watering plan back to DWP commission

After an engineer's report linked Los Angeles’ yard watering rules to water main breaks, the city may impose new rules this summer. That didn’t happen Tuesday.