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

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.

Clean Trucks Program at Port of LA can go forward, court rules [UPDATED]

A federal district court has upheld key provisions of a program designed to clean up air pollution at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in part by requiring trucking companies to employ their drivers rather than contract with them.

A year after Station Fire, botanist, volunteers protect changing forest ecology

A year ago today, near a ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway, the Station Fire began burning and didn't stop for months. The recovery of native plants within the Angeles National Forest has depended on scientific surveys and on volunteers pulling weeds in recent months.

The cost of reducing greenhouse gases

Federal efforts at developing climate change legislation have petered out. But the cost of climate policy is figuring strongly in California politics this fall. A new report aims to figure out how American families will feel the price of making “greenhouse gases” fall.

DWP seeks comments on road map for energy

Where Los Angeles’ power comes from and how much it costs is the subject of a new report the L.A. Department of Water and Power has commissioned. The DWP's opening public debate on the city's energy future.

More delays to Los Angeles watering limits

More modifications to Los Angeles watering limits are delayed - again - after a Los Angeles City Council vote.

$11 billion water bond killed; California has unspent money for water projects

Lawmakers in Sacramento have voted to pull an $11 billion water bond from the November statewide ballot. Supporters and opponents of the bond measure get another two years to fight over it.

Joint DWP-VA project saves water, money

Seven and a half acres of grass turf at the Veterans Administration Healthcare facility in west Los Angeles have been replaced with drought-resistant landscaping - and a rebate check from the Department of Water and Power.