Protecting Washington’s Freshwater: So Fish, Farms, and Communities All Thrive. We build positive partnerships with landowners and water rights holders. All of our water transactions are voluntary and market-based. Once we acquire water to leave instream, we work to keep it there. We collaborate with water rights holders to restore water to our streams in other ways too: using more efficient irrigation methods, selecting more profitable crops and cycles, and switching water sources from small tributaries that can’t handle much stress to larger rivers.