I read the minutes from their meetings and Mr. Adler is always on top of things regarding his position there as Director.
As far as that ditch is concerned, they have well paid and benefit bulging Superintendents responsible for the day to day field operations.
According to a news article by KSDK, Mayor Hagnauer stated, "the ditch," a channel that drains water for the eastern side of Granite City, the maintenance of which is contracted out to a third-party had not been maintained properly.
This may or may not be "the ditch". I dunno.
Anyway, if it is .. I don't think MESD would contract to do grass cutting with the massive responsibility of levees.
Could be wrong ..