Sep 04, 2008 — For years, environmentalists, along with some canoers and kayakers, have urged state officials to limit motorboats in the Adirondacks. The so-called "Quiet Waters" campaign would affect a dozen lakes and rivers from Weller Pond near Saranac Lake, to Eighth Lake near Old Forge. This summer, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it would create an inter-agency task force to review the proposal. In a statement, DEC commissioner Peter Grannis said there are "too few places in the Adirondacks where paddlers can experience the tranquility of a motorless water body." Local leaders and NYS Senator Betty Little quickly condemned the plan, arguing that paddlers already enjoy plenty of options. Brian Mann sat down this week to talk in-depth with Dick Beamish, the man who launched the Quiet Waters campaign eight years ago. Beamish, who lives in Saranac Lake, is the founder of the Adirondack Explorer magazine and a long-time environmentalist.