EAST ROCKAWAY - Nassau County says it needs nearly $1 billion to rebuild a sewage plant damaged by Sandy.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant was flooded out during the storm, sending millions of gallons of sewage into the streets of East Rockaway.

While it's almost back to normal operations, the county is asking for nearly $900 million in federal aid to redesign it so it's resistant to future storms.

Today, environmentalists and community organizations announced 10 steps they believe could improve the plant, which include reducing nitrogen and toxins and creating a public oversight committee.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano says he agrees with the suggestions the environmentalists provided and hopes the government comes through with the funding.