Since the completion of the Thorthormi Mitigation Project in 2012, Karma Toeb and his colleagues in the Bhutanese Department of Geology and Mines have continued to monitor Lake Thorthormi, and have been pleased to find that there has been no erosion in the water channels from the lake that they expanded. This means that the channels have at least for the moment stabilized.
Since the project is too costly and labor-intensive to provide a model for lowering the water level of other threatening glacial lakes, the officials are now exploring cheaper methods. They are now searching for funds to try out a promising siphoning technique at a test site. If it works, it could be applied to major glacial lakes in Bhutan.
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