Seafood Spotlight: Coterie New Orleans

Run by New Orleans locals, Coterie takes pride in serving authentic New Orleans dishes, most of which have been passed down for generations. 

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Grits

BBQ Shrimp Base
1-quart Abita Amber Beer
1 ½ Tbsp Black Pepper, cracked
¼ cup Rosemary (finely chopped) 
½ Tbsp Thyme
½ cup Crystal Hot Sauce 
½ cup Worcestershire Sauce
¼ cup Garlic, minced
1 each, zest Lemons 
1 cup Shrimp Stock

Grits to order (1 serving)
2 Tbs Canola Oil 
5 oz BBQ Shrimp Base 
2 Tbsp Butter 
5 Fresh Jumbo Shrimp peeled back to the tail (keep the heads and shells for stock)

1.) Add all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil
2.) Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes 

1.) Add oil to a large skillet on high heat.  Once oil is hot add Shrimp cook for 2 minutes and turn.
2.) Add BBQ Shrimp Base to Skillet 

3.) Reduce for 1 minute, then add butter 

4.) Swirl the sauce and butter until butter is melted 

5.) Serve over Stone Ground Grits 

Shrimp and grits are a New Orleans staple served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Coterie Restaurant.

Tips from the chef:

  • The shrimp base serves 8 and can be held in the fridge for 5 days.  Make it ahead of time and look like a pro serving this dish in minutes!
  • When cooking for a group, simply multiply the recipe for how many guests you will be serving and cook in one skillet.
  • Adding a generous amount of cream cheese to stone ground grits will give it a smooth, rich flavor.
  • For a quick shrimp stock, simmer the reserved shrimp hulls in chicken stock for an hour.

Presentation is key: 

  • In a bowl, first place the five shrimp on top the bed of grits. Then ladle the sauce over everything and finish with fresh green onions.

Project Spotlight: Environmental Protection Agency – Hydrologic Restoration and Vegetative Planting in the Des Allemands Swamp (BA-34-2)

What is the name of the project, and where is it located? 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Hydrologic Restoration and Vegetative Planting in the Des Allemands Swamp (BA-34-2) or “Des Allemands Swamp” for short, is located in St James and Lafourche Parishes. 

What was the timeline for this project?

Engineering & design was originally approved in 2001, but the project went through some significant changes before construction in 2017.

How many acres of wetland does this project benefit/create? 

The project benefits 2395 acres of swamp habitat.

What is most important/impactful about this project? 

Creating and/or cleaning out historical gaps allows the area to drain and relieves impoundment, thus promoting regeneration of swamp tree species.  

Is there anything unique about this project you would like to bring attention to? 

This is the first swamp project constructed by CWPPRA.

Agency Spotlight: Sharon Osowski Morgan, EPA

Sharon Osowski Morgan has worked 25 years with the Environmental Protection Agency to protect human health and the environment! She has spent the last 7 years working within EPA’s CWPPRA team.

Q: Describe the part of your job/role that you enjoy the most.

A: The coastal marshes of Louisiana are beautiful. I love being out in them, seeing the animals and the landscapes. Spending time outside is a big part of why I became an ecologist and I enjoy it immensely.

Q: Describe the part of your job/role that you believe is the most impactful.

A: Technical coordination with parish representatives, community/environmental groups, local business/industry, citizen landowners— local stakeholders — is the most impactful part of my job.  Listening to folks who experience wetland loss as a part of their daily lives and developing restoration concepts to meet the challenges they experience is a personal and EPA CWPPRA Team goal.

Q: What do you think is the best/easiest way community members can help restore or preserve wetlands?

A: I think community members already know, much better than I, what their local needs/priorities are regarding wetland preservation/restoration. If I could make anything easier, it would be helping people outside of Louisiana understand how vital the Louisiana coast is, its many benefits, and how they can support efforts to preserve and restore the Louisiana coast.

Q: What is your favorite recreational activity to do in the wetlands?

A: Bird watching is my favorite activity. There are lots of birds that I would love to add to my life list.  I’m pretty good identifying wetland/marsh species, but I’m not as proficient in identifying shorebirds as I would like.

Q: Is there anything else that you’d like to tell us about yourself or your work in coastal protection and restoration?

A: I believe in the EPA mission to protect human health and the environment. Coastal wetland restoration/protection definitely falls within that mission.  I’ve been with EPA now 25 years and CWPPRA is unique—it is very rewarding to see projects constructed; places that were once open water, now restored as marsh.   The EPA Bayou Dupont projects are a great example of this.

Cathy Bader Mills – Louisiana Artist

Cathy’s romance with the birds of Louisiana started oh so long ago. Their personalities whether still or in motion captured her imagination. She documents her interpretations through her paintings with subtle and vibrate images and colors.

“The intimacy of small lush places and vast panoramic scenes have inspired me over the years. Observation is the key to knowing. I discovered when you know about the land and wildlife, you begin to love it. That love is what I try to share over and over again.”

Cathy gravitated to workshops in her teaching career through the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program based at Louisiana State University as well as information through the CWPPRA outreach materials. When National Geographic education made a call for teachers to be trained as Teacher Consultants, Cathy made her way to Washington, D.C. That opportunity led to a 2 ½ month trek across public lands. A website was developed that educated the public about their lands, another opportunity to love the land. The knowledge learned became a part of her work. Images of her work can be seen in her illustrations of “OH NO! Hannah’s Swamp is Changing” an education book on exotic aquatic invasive species. Her website documents the scope of her work, real and imagined. You can also check her out on Facebook!

Darlene Boucher – Coastal Louisiana Photographer


Darlene Boucher has been documenting her beloved coastal Louisiana for decades. Her photographs evoke the wildness and uncompromising intimacy of the marshes, bays, bayous and barrier islands through a distinctly personal lens. 

“What inspires me about our beautiful state are our rivers, bayous and marshes that thrive with wildlife and I get to observe and photograph them! To be one with nature and to witness the shrimpers, crabbers and fisherman all going about their day is something not everyone gets to see. And the sunrises are unbelievable! I am obsessed. I consider myself one of the lucky ones, an occasional visitor into their wonderful world!” –Darlene Boucher

She has an eye for coastal birds in particular, and a journey through her Flickr account will introduce you to a variety of feathered friends in repose and on the hunt for dinner, nurturing their young and preening in the sun. She enjoys the bounty of the wetlands as well, and her photographs of those that provide for their families both daily and the occasional meal convey the importance of the wetlands to Louisiana’s communities as well as its wildlife. Her sunsets are especially peaceful, and captures the reflective meditation of the end of another day.

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Sea Turtles of the Gulf of Mexico – Episode Seven

Coastal-Connection_EpisodeSeven-Sea-TurtlesIn this episode, we learn about the five species of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, find out more about sea turtle research with Dr. Kristen Hart of US Geological Survey, and explore conservation efforts with Joanie Steinhaus of Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Program.

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CWPPRA Technical Committee Meets Virtually on September 3 at 9:30am

CWPPRA Technical Committee Meeting
September 3, 2020 @ 9:30 a.m.
Instructions to Participate Virtually
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Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the CWPPRA Technical Committee will hold a virtual meeting in place of the regularly scheduled public meeting. This virtual meeting will take place on September 3rd at 9:30 a.m. via WebEx. The public is invited to participate. Detailed instructions on how to access the meeting and how to submit comments and questions are provided on the following pages of this document.

Join us for the September 3, 2020, CWPPRA Technical Committee meeting and learn more about the decision matrix and funding process as well as the projects under construction and the status of PPL29!

You will also have the option to activate your webcam and share your video connection during the meeting. Instructions on how to do so can be found on the following pages. Though not required, sharing your video is encouraged so that our virtual meeting more closely resembles an in-person public meeting.

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1. In your internet browser, search:
*The best method is to copy and paste the above link into Internet Explorer. WebEx appears differently in various internet browsers such as: Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. Each visual shown in these instructions are screenshots of WebEx using the Internet Explorer browser.

2. Fill in Your Name (first and last), include your affiliation in this box as well, and Your Email Address in their respective dialogue boxes.

3. Select the ‘Join Meeting’ button.

4. Underneath the ‘Select Audio Connection’ section, ensure that the ‘Call Me’ option is selected.

5. Underneath the ‘Select Video Connection’ section, you have the option to enable your camera by selecting the webcam option from the drop down menu; or if you do not wish to show yourself, select the ‘No Video’ option.

6. Type in your phone number, including the area code, in the dialogue box (a green arrow in the image above points directly to this box) and then click ‘Connect Audio’

7. The program will then call your phone, Answer it! Using your phone keyboard, type “1” when directed to.

In the case that you encounter a lost or interrupted audio/telephone connection, you may either dial in directly using the information provided below,

————————– Audio Conference ————————–

USA Toll-Free: 866-390-1828
ACCESS CODE: 1411878
Meeting Number: 968 999 794

Nutria: Fact, Fur & Fashion – Episode Six

Coastal-Connection_EpisodeSix-NutriaWe explore the impact of the invasive nutria in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, dispel myths about their origins and consider the value of its pelt. This episode includes interviews with Jennifer Hogue-Manuel at LDWF and manager of the state Nutria Control Program, Shane Bernard, historian and archivist at Avery Island, and founder of Righteous Fur, Cree McCree.

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Gulf of Mexico’s Biodiversity – Episode Five

Coastal-Connection_EpisodeFive-GOMA-BiodiversityToday’s episode features an interview with artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée, who is based in Arnaudville, LA. He talks about his conservation homesteading and his research into 14 species in the Gulf of Mexico identified as missing since the 2010 BP Oil Spill.

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Louisiana Irises – Episode Four

Coastal-Connection_EpisodeFour-LAIrisWe learn more about wild Louisiana irises and effort to both preserve and reintroduce native Louisiana irises through research, stewardship and university partnerships. Joining us for an interview is Paul Pastorek, a wild Louisiana iris hunter.

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