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

Empty debris basins wait for Station Fire's winter impact

Three months after the Station Fire ignited in dry brush in the Angeles National Forest, fire officials still consider it active. But cold weather and the possibility of rain have Los Angeles county public works crews ready for the fire’s winter flood fallout.

Tom Graff, Water Guy

AN UPDATE: The New York Times gave Mr. Graff his due with a very nice obituary Sunday. I wish I had know about his free-throw scorekeeping.

Southland legislators will sell their constituents and themselves on $11 billion water bond

Around the state, the governor has been signing into law the bills that constitute a $40 billion water management package. That’s ended most legislative water politics for a while. But a year of public politicking awaits the bond measure that's a key part of the water plan.

A preferred alternative nobody prefers for South Coast marine protected areas

A state panel has recommended a network of havens for marine life in California waters. Marine protected areas from San Diego up to Santa Barbara will join a statewide network, the largest of its kind in the country. The compromise plan doesn’t feel like a success to everyone yet.

State panel recommends coastal water areas designed to protect marine life

A state panel has recommended a patchwork of areas in coastal waters designed to protect marine life. If state fish and game commissioners approve them, new rules would limit commercial and recreational fishing in some key spots between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border. (Audio: KPCC’s environment reporter Molly Peterson spoke to Steve Julian about what this all means, and why the state is doing this.)

Ninth Circuit panel halts Eagle Mountain landfill

A controversial land swap that would locate the world's largest landfill near Joshua Tree National Monument has again been stopped after a new appeals court ruling.

No, wait, for real: South Coast MPAs almost a reality

I'll have more about this later, but in the meantime, I wanted to mention that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa weighed in at the last minute on this process - I guess that delay by the blue ribbon task force helped him.

Task force to decide on marine protected areas in Point Dume, Palos Verdes, Laguna

The state's wrapping up a months-long process for selecting marine protected areas along the coast from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. At a meeting near L.A. International Airport Tuesday, a blue ribbon task force will decide which plans to forward to state commissioners.

Water bill signing ceremony celebrates historic package, promotes future legislation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, state and local leaders appeared at a signing ceremony for new water bills in Sun Valley. Those laws will change the way the state manages water in the Sacramento Delta and conserves it everywhere. The ceremony also served to launch a campaign to get voter approval for an $11 billion bond measure.

Compromise plan at water board brings sewers to some of Malibu

Regional water officials have approved a partial ban on septic systems in Malibu after city leaders worked out a compromise.

Clean water in the 'Bu

Public comment continues here in the Metropolitan Water District's board room, where the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board is holding its meeting because of the overwhelming interest in the topic of a septic tank moratorium in areas affecting the Malibu Creek watershed, Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach.

State Bond Spurs Surface Water Storage

I listened to NRDC's Barry Nelson and others on Larry Mantle's show Wednesday morning - and I almost pulled off the road when I heard Nelson say that he had been working on policy stuff, not the bond stuff, so he didn't know much about some of the bond issues - including Temperance Flat.

City of Malibu seeks septic tank solutions

Septic tanks helped give birth to the city of Malibu just 18 years ago. People along 21 miles of scenic coastline wanted local control over how Malibu would treat wastewater. Now regional water officials will vote on whether to prohibit septic systems. Regulators blame septic tanks for poor water quality along the coast, at surf spots and in Malibu Lagoon.

LA County weighs in on MPAs: Yes in Malibu, no at Rocky Point

Los Angeles County supervisors have added their opinion to the debate over where and how to protect marine life off the Southern California coast.

Building a green LA for everyone

When I lived in San Francisco I played softball in an architects, builders and contractors league. For a bunch of architects we were pretty good. The experience definitely demystified architects for me - they drank beer and wanted to win just like builders do - but maybe not architecture itself, a topic that few cover well, and not on public radio.