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

Violations for beach water quality are down, NRDC says, but pollution isn't

California beaches violated water quality standards fewer times than usual last year. That's a key finding of a national report the Natural Resources Defense Council released this morning. The conclusion isn't as good as it may sound.

Watering schedule alterations could be on the way for LA

People in Los Angeles may be able to water their lawns more often after water and power commissioners approved a modified three-day a week plan.

Pong, Pong, Pong... beep. Game over?

No clearer example of the decayed and decaying relationship between the Department of Water and Power and the L.A. City Council exists than the Pong-like battle over watering rules in the city of Los Angeles.

Water Resource Center Archives to move to UC Riverside

A one-of-a-kind library collection related to water in the West will move to the University of California at Riverside and the Cal State campus in San Bernardino. UC Berkeley had maintained the library for more than five decades.

Wildlife officials investigate mountain lion shooting deaths

State fish and game officials are investigating the recent deaths of two mountain lions in Orange and San Diego counties. Investigators believe both of the big cats died by gunshot.

[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.