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This document summarizes the methodologies, conclusions and recommendations of detailed streambank erosion measurement and characterization studies performed in Canadian and United States watersheds. Remedial measures investigations suggested that programs to reduce sediment yield from bank erosion would not be cost-effective, unless land of high value were endangered, and available funds would be better spent to reduce sediment yield from sheet erosion. Proper management practices for stream courses which would help prevent bank erosion are discussed. Overall joint conclusions include: sediment yield to the Great Lakes from streambank erosion is estimated at 845,000 tons per year, not a major contribution relative to other sediment sources; amount of sediment produced varies from basin to basin, season to season and year to year; total phosphorus is the most important chemical contributed from bank erosion.