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Courtesy King County, Freshwater Algae Bloom Program

Lakes close because of toxic algae every year, especially as temperatures climb in summer. 

Pierce County’s Lake Tapps is the latest example. Authorities warned people not to swim in the northeast part of the lake last week.

In King County, caution signs remain up at Mallard Lake in White Center, where a sample showed toxicity at levels higher than the state’s guidelines advise on July 10.

Nothing spoils a summer swim in your favorite lake like an algae bloom. These become more common as the weather warms up.  A lake in Federal Way is serving as a proving ground for a possible new tool to combat toxic blooms.

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The average coal-fired power plant spews out more than a million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year.

Wouldn't it be great if that greenhouse gas could be put to good use?

On this month's edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service Publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that all that carbon could be used to make fuel, chemicals and other products.