BATH — The Summit County Engineer's Office has hired consulting firm Sustainable Streams LLC of Louisville, Ky., to survey the streams and ditches draining into the Yellow Creek watershed.

The field evaluation is a first step in the county-run Surface Water Management District's plan to make stormwater improvements and fix flooding problems in the watershed.

The majority of the drainage network is within Bath Township, with some segments extending into Copley Township, Sharon Township, Granger Township, Richfield Township, Richfield, Fairlawn, Cuyahoga Falls and Akron.

Sustainable Streams staff will enter private properties to observe the streams, the county said. They will carry personal identification, including driver’s licenses and business cards, and a copy of a letter on official Summit County engineer letterhead explaining the project.

The survey is set to start Monday and will likely be completed by the end of December, with potential followup visits in January through April.

Sustainable Streams, which is being paid $137,000, will deliver a report to the county with recommendations, said Heidi Swindell, spokeswoman for Engineer Al Brubaker.

The county hopes to begin work on the project next year, she said.