State Water Board Announces Streamlined Permitting for Groundwater by Will Holbert Nov 13, 2019 Water News The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights recently 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. No statutory or regulatory changes were necessary to implement the streamlined permitting process, except for lowering of the associated permit fees for those who apply for this new streamlined water rights permit. An online FAQ outlines eligibility, the permitting process and technical questions. ACWA would like to help pilot the use of this permit. If GSAs or local agencies are interested in utilizing the streamlined permitting process, ACWA is available to assist them by contacting Melissa Sparks-Kranz at email@example.com or 916-441-4545.