Thagard Lake dam replacement

The Village of Whispering Pines has set the following tentative schedule for the spraying of Village lakes in an effort to control aquatic weeds. Spraying will start on Monday, April 15, and it is hoped that all Village lakes and ponds will be sprayed by Friday, April 19, weather permitting, said the Village on its website. Spraying cannot be done during windy and/or rainy conditions, and if this occurs, it could push the spraying schedule into the week of Monday, April 22.

For this spraying cycle, irrigation restrictions are from April 15 to April 24 for the following lakes and ponds: Thagard Lake, Spring Valley Lake, Pine Lake, Shadow Lake, Whisper Lake, Blue Lake, Fly Rod Lake, Cardinal Lake, Cardinal Ponds (middle & lower), Whispering Winds and Hummingbird Ponds.

It is important to remember that all irrigation drawn from a sprayed lake or pond must stop for a five-day period following the spraying. While the chemicals used are safe for swimming, fishing, boating or other activities, irrigation with sprayed lake water is very harmful or fatal to lawns, shrubs and vegetable gardens.

The list of lakes sprayed will be updated daily on the Village Facebook Page and the Village website ( on Community/Lakes and Parks page). You can also call Village Hall at 910-949-3141 for an updated list every day or with any questions.

North Carolina State University recommends that weed control chemicals be applied every four to six weeks for maximum effectiveness. A second spraying will be in May and a third in July. Future spraying dates, once determined, will be posted on the Village website.

Feature photo of Thagard Lake by Sandhills Sentinel photographer Wendy Hodges. 


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