Free ACWA Webinar to Highlight New State Water Board Streamlined Groundwater Permit by Caroline Minasian Dec 4, 2019 Water News ACWA is hosting a free informational webinar with the State Water Resources Control Board to share the new streamlined water rights permitting process for underground storage. The webinar will be held on Dec. 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PST. Interested parties can register here. In November the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights announced a new permitting process that provides a streamlined approval approach for diverting and capturing water from high flow events for the purposes of recharging groundwater basins. The streamlined process is intended to directly assist Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and other local agencies working to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Replenishing groundwater basins is an important management activity that GSAs will need to consider for inclusion on their groundwater sustainability plans and as part of basin sustainability. This streamlined permitting approval will be achieved through identifying eligibility criteria and a simplified water availability analysis, on which the state has provided additional guidance. By targeting this streamlined permitting process to diverting excess or high flows, applicants are less likely to cause any impact or injury to other legal water users, fish and wildlife, or instream uses. To learn more about the streamlined permit, register for the webinar here. There is also an online FAQ that outlines eligibility, the permitting process and technical questions. Questions about the webinar or the permitting process can be directed to Melissa Sparks-Kranz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-441-4545.