Tom Suerth

Tom started Waterfront Restoration, which  provides lake weed removal services, in 2003 when he was still in high school. Frustrated by the weeds and invasive species preventing his family from enjoying the lake, he tried pulling them by hand instead of depending on chemicals or mechanical harvesters. The results were longer-lasting and more complete, and as his family’s property became the envy of the bay, word spread!

“The crews were always friendly and responsive, cannot say enough about the people you have been able to hire in the summer to do this work. I would be remiss if I didn’t also note that Derek has been great to work with, could not be happier with working out the service needed, timing, responsiveness to call, etc.”

— Jerry V, Lake Owasso

Over the years, Waterfront Restoration has expanded its services and service area while keeping abreast of the latest invasive species concerns and best practices. Today, over 500 regular clients rely on Waterfront Restoration to clear and maintain their lakefront properties.

Waterfront Restoration is locally owned and staffed by courteous, borderline-obsessive lake lovers. Waterfront cares about our neighbors and the lakeshores they represent because, frankly, we can’t wait to dive in for ourselves at the end of the day. Our 14-year track record and hundreds of happy clients speak volumes about our commitment to excellence. We’re about improving our lakes through our lake weed removal services —as well as helping clients enjoy their summer—one visit, one weed, one shovel at a time…and we can’t wait for you to experience the Waterfront Restoration difference for yourself!



Derek Lee

Derek began his career with Waterfront Restoration as a diver in 2008 and now serves as the sales and marketing director for the company. Derek oversees everything from customer satisfaction to marketing initiatives. His passion for the water and helping others has made his work with Waterfront Restoration a natural fit.

Derek was born and raised in Minnesota and grew up with weekend ventures to his lakeside cabin on Mille Lacs. His time spent there was the foundation of his love for the outdoors and the lakes of Minnesota.

When he's not working, Derek is also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Long Lake. In his free time, Derek loves to spend time out on the lake or near the lake with his friends and fiancé, Taryn. He even proposed to Taryn along the shores of Lake Minnetonka near the excelsior commons boardwalk in the fall of 2016. He lives in Orono and has a “fur family” consisting of a Siberian husky named Eskimo and a cat named Finnley.

“I can’t tell you how nice it is to enjoy a weed-free Lake Minnetonka experience. Thanks again for providing us with such a great service!

— Michael J, Smithtown Bay, Lake Minnetonka

Due to Derek's never-ending passion for helping people and for serving the lakefront community, he is constantly listening and learning from thousands of lake homeowners. With almost a decade of work in this field, he has earned the trust and respect of clients and gained insights into the needs of lakefront homeowners. This expertise has allowed him to best teach Waterfront Restoration's staff of highly-trained divers how to provide the best solution and best customer experience to any lake homeowner. Derek stands behind Waterfront Restoration's promise of being the highest quality cleaning option for any lakeshore property.


Joe Ponessa

Joe began working with Waterfront Restoration as an Administrative Intern in the Spring of 2015 and is now in his second year working as Office Manager for the company. A University of Minnesota graduate, Joe plays a central role in nearly every aspect of the company, with primary areas of accountability in scheduling & routing our crews, management of our watercraft inspection teams, and managing all day-to-day functions of Waterfront Restoration and its numerous seasonal employees.

“Waterfront Restoration did a really nice job. The weeds were thoroughly removed and the guys did a great job cleaning up. Thank you!”

Tess D, Lake Johanna

Born and raised in Saint Paul, Joe grew up spending as much time as he could at the lake, which fostered a deep passion for fishing and the outdoors at a very early age. Continuing that passion for the outdoors led Joe to become a tournament bass angler, who now spends any and all available time prepping for and competing in local, statewide, and national-scale bass tournaments.

Spending hundreds of hours on the water each year, Joe has witnessed the negative impacts that are connected to other methods of lake-weed control, such as chemicals or harvesting, which prove time and time again to have negative implications on the welfare of our freshwater lakes. The sport of tournament bass fishing has really opened Joe's eyes to the importance and value of our freshwater resources, and has allowed him to meet and interact with countless like-minded individuals who want nothing more than to protect our lakes and rivers for all to enjoy.

He values being a part of Waterfront Restoration, a company devoted to delivering on the promise of providing the safest and most effective method of lake-weed control and AIS prevention possible to the state of Minnesota.

Cassie at Waterfront Restoration

Cassie Anderson

Cassie is our operations Intern and participates in scheduling, recruiting, interviewing, and improving efficiency between crews. She has a passion for operations and logistics management and is excited to join this team.

Cassie is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, studying Industrial and Systems Engineering and is pursuing an emphasis in Supply Chain. This past semester, she was a part-time Operations Intern at a jewelry company in Northeast, Minneapolis. She determined the company’s gross profit by analyzing invoices and finding the cost of materials for making each piece of jewelry as well as the cost of labor.

“Overall the results were excellent. They did what they said they would do and a bit more.”

Jim E, Echo Bay, Lake Minnetonka

Cassie is from Stillwater, MN and loves being outdoors, particularly in the summer. Some of her favorite memories are from camping and spending time on the Saint Croix river with her family. Cassie has danced since she was little and attends the Ballroom Dance Club at the U of M. She loves to spend time with her friends and family, and in her free time she likes to read, bike, and explore Minneapolis.

Amanda at Waterfront Restoration

Amanda Gasow

Amanda is the summer Marketing Intern. She is responsible for coming up with and assisting in marketing material, posting on social media platforms, writing blog posts, and maintaining communication with our clients. If you call Waterfront Restoration, it is her you will be speaking to!

Originally, Amanda is from Chaska, MN and attended Chaska High School. In the fall, she will be a senior at the University of St. Thomas. Along with majoring in Marketing Management, she is involved in many on-campus activities. In the fall she will be the Advertising Sales Director at TommieMedia, Vice President of PRSSA, furthering her violin skills, and volunteering at the Child Development Center. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, going to yoga, and spending time on the lake.

“I was very happy with the job done by the team that came to my house. I would use them again. They were polite and efficient.”

Regina H

Amanda’s passion for lakes stems from her spending an immense amount of time each summer at her cabin. Her cabin is on Big Birch Lake, located in Grey Eagle, MN. Her favorite childhood memories all entail being on the lake and spending time with loved ones.

She enjoys boating, swimming, and relaxing on the lake. She also loves waking up really early, when the summer air is still crisp, to go fishing with her dad. She loves lakes and how they can bring everyone together to create fun memories. This is what drew Amanda to Waterfront Restoration. She has seen, first hand, the impacts that humans, specific plants, and invasive species are having on lakes in Minnesota. This pulled her to want to work for a company that makes in a difference in peoples’ lives, as well as in the environment.

Jamie at Waterfront Restoration

Jamie Fonder

Jamie is the Sales Intern for the Waterfront Restoration. Jamie works closely with the other interns as well as other office administrative staff to provide the best possible service to lake homeowners across the state. She will be meeting with many of you to discuss the different options available for your shoreline.

Jamie was raised in Prior Lake, Minnesota by a lake loving family. Summers have been spent swimming, tubing, wake surfing, and simply spending time with friends and family on the water for the past couple of decades.
Currently, Jamie attends the University of St. Thomas and is pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship with a Business Analytics minor. In her first entrepreneurship class, she, along with two classmates, created a reusable water bottle business which donated all its profits to local non-profits dedicated to helping preserve and conserve Minnesota’s lakes and streams.

“Overall Waterfront Restoration does a great job.”

Paul R

Growing up being borderline obsessed with lakes and summertime, Jamie truly appreciates the value of the eco-friendly alternative to weed removal that Waterfront Restoration offers. By understanding that what you put in is what you get out has been making Waterfront Restoration the clear choice for both Jamie and Minnesota residents for many years previous and many years to come.

Alex at Waterfront Restoration

Alex Rusciano

Alex is the marketing and sales intern for the summer of 2018. She works with Amanda to come up with effective marketing materials and social media posts on the website, Instagram, and Facebook. She is also responsible for meeting clients like you for onsite estimates.

Alex just completed her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management. She is majoring in marketing and minoring in communications. She loves going to a big school that is in the city, but also enjoys having many lakes not too far away. Alex is active in school activities such as her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and the Women in Business club.

“Our lake is very shallow and sometimes hard to know what is going on. Waterfront Restoration was great. They definitely delivered the services we contracted. They were very professional and I would use them again.”

Susan F, Lost Lake

Growing up in Orono, Minnesota, Alex’s love for the lake started on what she believes is the best lake in Minnesota - Lake Minnetonka. Minnesota natives will agree - there is nothing like a Minnesota summer. Since this season is short and sweet, Alex spends as much time as she can on the lake to enjoy the weather. Her ideal day on the lake is the Fourth of July: thousands of people enjoying a mid-summer day dressed in red, white, and blue. Her favorite food on the lake is Lord Fletchers sweet potato fries and their special “mud pie.”

Alex is passionate about Waterfront Restoration because our service provides a long-lasting solution to remove problematic lakeshore weeds. In addition to this, the service is non-chemical, creating a safer environment for lake lovers like herself.

Ripp at Waterfront Restoration

Ripp Baker

Ripp is the Operations Supervisor having started as a Crew Leader back in 2017. He helps with recruiting, hiring, improving training, updating policies and procedures as well as ensuring the crews have their equipment needs met.

Ripp grew up in central Minnesota spending a lot of time fishing Lake Mille Lacs and the surrounding waters. He spent a good amount of his years playing sports and spending time outside.

"Since those first days the team has been back every year making sure we have a beautifully clean beach area. We wouldn't think of starting a summer of water activities without Waterfront Restoration's schedule on our calendar! We and our grandchildren, ages 2 to 12, love jumping off the dock into completely weed free water!!!!!!"


Ripp then graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with his degree in Exercise Science. He has a passion for health and fitness as well as the waters of Minnesota. Spending his free time staying fit as well as Scuba diving and traveling.


Erin O’Brien

Erin is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she studied business, marketing, and leadership. She was the kid who never stopped asking questions and will use that characteristic combined with her problem-solving skills as the Operations Intern for Waterfront Restoration this summer.

Though she is new to Waterfront Restoration, it will be her fourth consecutive summer working near lakes. She has also worked as a watercraft inspector and rented out canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards.

On a day off you can find Erin baking, reading, training for her first marathon, playing with her German Shorthair Pointer, Ellie, spending time with family and friends or doing anything active and outdoors. She especially likes anything on the water; she is notoriously the first one swimming across the lake at her family’s lakeside cabin in Wisconsin every summer.

Her passion for the water stems from her weekends spent at the cabin and on the lake growing up. Her love of lakes has only grown, making her a great fit for Waterfront Restoration. She understands the importance of a weed-free lake and works behind-the-scenes to help provide that as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Jess Harrington

Jess joined the team in May 2017 as our Marketing Intern. Jess handles several different tasks at Waterfront. One of her main duties is answering calls from customers and talking with them about our services. She cares very deeply about customer satisfaction and will go above and beyond to make sure a customer is happy with their results.

Jess is going to be a senior at the University of St. Thomas in the fall and is majoring in Business Communications. She grew up in Minnetonka where she was very active in the sports community. She continues to be active in college playing intramural sports, participating in the Women in Business club, and doing fun things with her friends.

Jess currently lives in Minnetonka with her mom, dad, brother, cat, and two dogs. Her brother is a junior at Boulder, Colorado.

On the weekend, Jess tries to get up to her family cabin on Lake Vermilion. She has been going up to her cabin since she was a little girl. Jess loves water skiing, wake boarding, and being on the lake. Her cousins are from Duluth and they also go up to their cabin. Jess believes her cabin is why she is so close with her extended family.

“We’ve been a customer of Waterfront Restoration for 4 years now. These guys are great to work with. Their work is fantastic and thorough. Their employees are prompt and professional in all aspects. After every site visit they follow up to see if we have any questions or concerns. Having weed-free areas for our grandchildren to swim in has made our experience on the lake much more enjoyable. Thanks to Waterfront Restoration for making this possible!”

Bryan F, Prior Lake

Jess was drawn to Waterfront Restoration because of her own personal experience with the lake. She feels that one of the best parts about Minnesota is the lakes, and the summer should be spent on it. She is so thankful her family has a cabin-- it is where her favorite memories have been made. She believes the best days are when you wake up and put your suit on and don't take it off until sunset. She hopes that working with Waterfront she will be able to help others make memories like she has.

Jess is excited to put her St. Thomas education to use at Waterfront. She looks forward to learning more about marketing and sales. She is enthusiastic and has a strong work ethic. She is willing and ready to take on any project or challenge (with a smile) that comes her way!


Dylan Andrew

Dylan is beginning his time at Waterfront Restoration as a Sales and Business Development intern. As part of his tasks, he will communicate directly with customers and build a plan for them that will ensure a weed-free shore that is ready for the summer.

Dylan was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois and developed a love and appreciation for being out on the lake. Growing up, he and his family would frequently make trips to Michigan or Tennessee to visit the lake houses of family and friends. Since coming to Minnesota for school, Dylan has developed a love for fishing and loves spending his weekends on the water whenever he can.

"The crew did an outstanding job! Beach looks great and we appreciated Waterfront Restoration’s rapid response to our call for weed removal."

—Jim R, Lake Minnetonka, Gray’s Bay

Dylan currently studies Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Outside of work and school, Dylan is currently a member of the St. Thomas football team as an outside linebacker. Football, among many other sports, are a huge passion of Dylan’s.

Naturally, Dylan's love for meeting and interacting with new people, combined with his love for being on the water, made Waterfront Restoration the perfect summer internship.

Dylan is extremely excited to join the Waterfront Restoration team and he hopes to be an integral part of the continued growth and development of the company this summer.


Waterfront Restoration LLC
P.O. Box 783
Long Lake, MN 55356
Office: 952-356-0614
Fax: 612-223-6815