The December issue of ESTUARY News explores the fire-ravaged North Bay’s preparations for a wet winter, a mud-minded proposal for the Resilient by Design challenge, invasive species such as the channeled apple snail, the water hyacinth, and innovative methods of bio-control meant to curb their expansion. We also delve into the unique advantages provided by the intermittent creeks, the vitality of marsh-upland transition zones, and initiatives in one-water management, among other topics.