LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern Californians who want a say in how the area’s water supply will be managed over the next 25 years will be able to do so Thursday during the Metropolitan Water District’s public workshop on the region’s conservation and water-use plans.

The workshop is part of the MWD’s work on its Integrated Water Resources Plan, known as Water Tomorrow. The plan outlines ways to achieve long-term water supply reliability through a variety of steps – including importing water from the State Water Project and Colorado River, conservation efforts, groundwater storage, stormwater recharge, recycled water and desalination.

MWD officials will also introduce the “Water Tomorrow Innovation Game,” a method for members of the public to submit innovations and ideas in a variety of categories, such as conservation, sustaining groundwater and building local water resources.

The top three promising innovations will be selected as an Expert’s Choice, while the top 20 idea collaborators, as chosen by all game participants, will be eligible for a Community Choice award.

“California has long been a leader in innovation with ideas that change the world,” MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said. “We think Water Tomorrow and the Water Tomorrow Innovation Game can be idea accelerators that put us on a sustainable path to meet our water challenges.”

The workshop, which starts at 9:30 a.m., will last until 3:30 p.m. and will be live-streamed. Registration for the Innovation Game is available online.

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