Expert says beaches in Saint John likely to recover by summer

Beaches in Saint John contaminated by the recent flood are expected to recover by summer. 

Graeme Stewart-Robertson, executive director of  the Atlantic Coastal Action Program in Saint John, tells CBC News that the St. John River is a healthy ecosystem overall and it's likely to recover from flood contaminants in time for beach season, which typically opens in late June. 

Some of the contaminants that might have entered the water were identified last week by Kevin Clifford, the Saint John EMO director, as farm pesticides, propane, and raw sewage from septic fields and sewerage systems

Stewart-Robertson says pollutants were probably diluted by the volume of water during the flooding, but when asked about whether the beaches will open on schedule, he says he'd like to see more testing results from the province. 

Meanwhile, CBC News reports the town of Quispamsis says it expects to open its beaches late next month as scheduled.

~ With files from CBC News.