For further refinement of identified risk, mesocosm studies can be used to evaluate the potential impact on aquatic organisms under field conditions.
Simulation of field conditions for edge-of-field surface waters is often a compromise, due to the difficulty in providing habitat of appropriate scale and quality for aquatic communities.
The E-Flows design provides the first mesocosm facility that gives access to multiple fully flow-through streams at a field scale, which can safely receive compounds at the rates predicted to occur in the environment by models. This flow-through approach allows for accurate simulation of the expected field exposure and dissipation rates in realistic to worst case scenarios, providing suitable data for both Ecological Threshold Option (ETO-) and Ecological Recovery Option (ERO-) RACs. The design also incorporates sufficient replication to meet the Reliability Index 1 and includes provision for monitoring with GLP compliance.
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