"I DO THIS FOR THE RIVER" #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes Ray Proffitt is known to some people as “the river vigilante,” a man worth his weight in gold. To others, he’s a royal pain in the profit margin. A former test pilot and stockbroker, Proffitt has appointed himself protector of the Delaware River and its tributaries. His eyes are alert for any sign of trouble—the appearance of asphalt and concrete dumps in a marshland, untreated sewage outfall from a town, a new drain pipe pouring out industrial waste. He traces the pollution to the source and confronts the offender with his log notes and photographs. If they don’t cease and desist and clean up the mess they’ve made, Proffitt takes them to court under the Clean Water Act. Proffitt has sued land developers, corporations, and towns. He’s taken the EPA administrator and the U.S. Attorney General to court, charging them with failure to enforce environmental regulations. No attorney was willing to represent him against the nation’s chief attorney, so Proffitt filed suit himself. “I don’t do this for money,” he says. “I do this for the river.” UPDATE: Proffitt went right on guarding the river until his death, a man with a cause he'd lived for every vigilant day.