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Citizen Science (CS) programs inherently broaden societal science literacy by providing experiential scientific learning opportunities to a diverse cross-section of the public. Here we describe an expanding CS program that supports more than 50 nonprofit organizations in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). The motivation for this effort has been generated by investment from the William Penn Foundation to create the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a multi-year effort to support organizations working to protect and restore stream health in the DRB. In direct support of this initiative, the Stroud Water Research Center is facilitating CS efforts to improve the capacity of watershed groups to conduct scientific investigations associated with DRWI watershed protection and restoration projects, as well as to build general knowledge on the ecology of their watersheds and the broader DRB.