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

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.

Federal, state officials warn boaters about aquatic invaders like Quagga mussels

Federal and state officials are renewing warnings to boaters about aquatic invasive mussels. The tiny hitchhikers threaten native marine life.

Tight budgets kill local fireworks, but may save birds

This Independence Day marks the final year for fireworks in Marina del Rey and Torrance. Some conservationists are particularly happy about the end of one display.

Governor, lawmakers working to shelve $11 billion water bond

The governor and the legislature are working to pull back an $11 billion water bond they’d planned to place on the November statewide ballot. The measure’s imminent death may generate the same mixed reactions as its creation.

State lawmakers, green chemistry fans place BPA ban in their sights

The state assembly has voted to ban from baby bottles and children’s products a chemical that’s been linked to medical conditions including infertility and asthma.

Federal regulators ding Chinese companies and their middleman for faked ATV records

Federal regulators are cracking down on Chinese companies that have brought off-road vehicles to California with falsified emissions reports.

Shortened salmon season opens for California's commercial boats

Salmon season is underway in California. It's the first time in three years that commercial captains may legally catch that fish.

Oakland, Los Angeles hold tight waiting for verdict in Oscar Grant shooting

Police officers in Oakland have undergone crowd control training and are working 12-hour shifts, waiting for a verdict to come out of Los Angeles. The trial of a former BART officer may wrap up today.

May Day melee civil trial nears end

A civil trial brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department is nearing completion, with closing arguments today. The lawsuit stems from injuries suffered by journalists covering a 2007 May Day immigration rally. The jury has to decide whether the use of force against these journalists was reasonable.

May Day immigration rally trial drawing to a close

A civil lawsuit brought by three journalists over injuries during an immigration rally in Macarthur Park is nearing completion.